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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.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Module / Unit
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2002 American Museum of Natural History and Rice University. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-210
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
        • Risks and benefits
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Antarctica: The Farthest Place Close to Home'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History