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Continent Study: Antarctica – Digging Deeper

I still felt there was much to explore in our Antarctica study but we were running out of time.  I chose three more, fairly effortless activities to do to wind up our studies. Modern autobiographies about visiting Antarctica Much of what we had learnt about this pole came from secondary sources, although we did look…

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Continent Study: Antarctica

This post contains all the work we have done for our multi-age continent study. Week 1: Antarctica: Resources Week 2: Antarctica: Where in the World? Week 3: Antarctica: Making a Cookie Map Week 4: Antarctica: Creating a Research Lab Week 5: Antarctica: Experiments in the Snow Week 6: Antarctica Inspired Art Week 7: Antarctica: How Do Animals…

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Explorer and Leadership Study: Ernest Shackleton in Antarctica

I remember my Dad dropping Shackleton's name into the conversation often when I was little.  He was, quite rightly, very proud to have 'connections' to this great explorer, albeit it on my mother's side rather than his own.  I grew up knowing we were related and that this was a good thing.  However, I had…

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Making an Antarctica Continent Box

At the beginning of this study I had been looking forward to making an official Antarctica Continent box.  I have never made a continent box before and I loved the very idea of collecting themed bits and pieces.  I mean, is there anything more fun than that?  I knew exactly the box I had in…

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Continent Study: Antarctica verses the Arctic

Most of our information had come from reading 'Polar Explorers for kids' out loud.  This book is divided into Arctic and Antarctic explorers and contains so much more information on topics other than just explorers: The other two books are fun additions which I read through a few times.  We LOVE Dr Seuss in this…

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Continent Study: Antarctica – How do animals survive the sub-zero temperatures?

Antarctica doesn't have the diversity of wildlife that other continents have.  Those animals which are able to survive the sub-zero temperatures do so because they have adapted to this environment to reduce heat loss, often developing warm windproof coats and layers of blubber.  We did an experiment to investigate how blubber helps to keep an…

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Continent Study: Antarctica inspired Art

I really do feel that we made the most of our one day of snow!  The older ones played in the park with their friends having snowball fights, they built a snow man, I built the younger ones an Antarctic Research Laboratory and proceeded to do waaaaay more experiments with snow than is strictly sane.…

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Continent Studies: Antarctica – Experiments in the Snow

If you read yesterday's post you will know that we created an Antarctica Research Lab, in which the girls had a lot of fun doing some free play experimentation: As much fun as they had, free play wasn't the only thing I had in mind for our laboratory.  Oh no, when snow falls one must…

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Continent Studies: Antarctica – Creating a Research Lab

One of the things I really wanted to do during our Antarctica study was make an Antarctica Research Laboratory.  Our house is not huge and really does not have unlimited areas in which I could create one.  Although I had only just finished the hallway I decided that under the stairs was the perfect place…

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Making a Cookie Map of Antarctica

As part of our study of Antarctica we made a fairly detailed cookie map of this icy continent.  I gave the children a blank Antarctica map to fill in using an atlas.  Once the older ones had labelled their map and the younger ones had spent some time with me on Google Earth looking at some…

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Continent Studies: Antarctica – Where in the World?

Main Learning Goals To be able to point out north and south on a globe To point to all continents and the Arctic circle To understand why the Arctic is not a continent whilst the Antarctica is To understand why it is cold at the top and bottom of the globe To realise Antarctica is…

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