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Adapting to Antarctica
In this research activity, students examine images of Antarctic organisms to learn how they have adapted to the continent's harsh conditions. All directions are included in a printable four-page handout. Students begin by visiting several websites, narrowing their focus to three organisms. They then complete an in-depth study of the organisms, completing a data sheet with details about everything from the scientific name of the organism to its habitat and adaptations. Students end this research activity by sharing their results with one another and identifying additional questions to investigate.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
Subject:
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2002 American Museum of Natural History, Rice University, and the Education Development Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-201
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Form and function
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
        • Population and ecosystems
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Form and function
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Interdependence of organisms
        • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'What Organisms Live in Antarctica?'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History