|What Hazards Do Humans Encounter in Antarctica?|
This six-day unit has students investigate the challenges of living and working in Antarctica and how researchers prepare for them, and then evaluate the insulating properties of a variety of fabrics, collecting their findings in a portfolio. The comprehensive curriculum materials at this site include an online activity in which students review the preparation materials given to researchers before traveling to Antarctica, two classroom activities - an experiment to test the insulation and waterproof properties of a variety of fabrics, and a Jeopardy-style game in which students write answers and questions - and several readings that provide a broad perspective, including an excerpt from Edmund Hillary's journal and question and answer interviews with a safety engineer and a field support services manager. Teacher tools for this unit include individually downloadable readings, detailed daily breakdowns of tasks, teacher strategies for using the activities, a portfolio grading sheet, a project rubric sheet, additional readings, and a student handout with guidance for putting together their portfolios and examples of creative final projects.
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Adobe Acrobat reader
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Copyright 2002 American Museum of Natural History and Rice University. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-210
This resource is part of 'Antarctica: The Farthest Place Close to Home'
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