To the Bottom of the Earth: Antarctica for Kids ::Week 1::
When I initially set out our yearly plan, I "budgeted" time for the various countries and continents that we were going to be studying, Antarctica included. I figured that we could get everything done for the North and the South Pole in 2 weeks.
Because, really. It's just a snowy landmass, right?
We started studying Antarctica this last week and it's looking like this could be a much longer study that I originally thought. The girls (and I) are learning so much...and having a lot of fun with it in the process, so we are only going to study Antarctica for now and then do a unit study/lapbook on penguins.
We found a GREAT video clip showing a penguin being chased by a pod of orcas. The video clip is below. It's about 5 minutes long but really rather funny.
I found a copy of Antarctica by Evan Moor at a book sale and it has been a huge help in our studies. The more I dig and search on the internet, I also find some other great sites, which I'll share a little later. Here's a look at our week (just the geography/Antarctica related things):
Locate Antarctica on our map and globe
Use Children's World Atlas to learn more about the geography features and other information about Antarctica
Talk about the meaning of the name Antarctica (opposite of the Arctic)
Looked at the differences between a flat map and a globe and how that changes the look of a continent (especially Antarctica)
Talked about the differences between the hemispheres (North/South and East/West) - which hemispheres is Antarctica in?
Talked about the climate/weather on Antarctica
Looked a little more at the geography of Antarctica and what is under all that ice
Talked about the oceans that surround Antarctica
Touched a little bit on the first explorers to Antarctica: Scott and Amundsen (we will be doing more study on them next week)
Found some sites online that show some of the research centers in Antarctica
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