Animals of the Antarctic Mini-Lesson

Use this slideshow to introduce students to the Antarctic and some of its unique animals.
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Eyewitness: Arctic & Antarctic
Eyewitness: Arctic & Antarctic
Barbara Taylor

Discover the icy wastes of the polar regions and the remarkable plants and animals that survive in such hostile conditions.

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Objective
Students will learn about the interesting adaptations that help some Antarctic animals survive.
Suggested Time
15 minutes
Reading Level
Upper Elementary
Animals of the Antarctic Mini-Lesson

Teacher Background

The two polar regions at the very ends of the Earth are among the coldest, windiest, and most remote places on the planet. A huge, frozen
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  • A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
  • Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work.(Example: Do you think the caption "The Top of the Top" is a good one for the first slide? Why or why not?)
Continue the Conversation
Ask students if they were surprised to find out that penguins are only found in the wild in Antarctica (not in the Arctic). Ask them what else they learned from the slideshow and encourage them to talk about why they would like to know more about.
Write about it
Tell students that there are research stations in the Antarctic. Ask them to write a few sentences explaining what they think life would be like for a person who works in one of those stations. Ask them to think about how humans might cope with such a harsh environment.

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Animals of the Antarctic Word Power
Grade: 4 - 6
Students practice vocabulary relevant to Antarctic animals by reading the definition and using the word in a sentence.

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Tourists on Antarctica
Grade: 5 - 8
Students research the effect of tourism on the Antarctic ecosystem and write arguments about whether Antarctic tourism should be continued.

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