Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Antarctic Treaty

Classroom Antarctica 
The Antarctic Treaty was signed on December 1, 1959 assuring peaceful use of the continent by all nations. At this website by the Australian Antarctic Division, you can access free lessons about Antarctica to stimulate interest in Social Studies, Science, and Math through real world applications. These activities can be used to enhance writing, literature, art, and creative thinking too!
When you get to the site you'll see an introduction.  Use the navigation menu to learn about:
*The Antarctic Continent - Learn about the geology, weather, glaciers, icebergs, sea ice, auroras and more.
*Exploring - Find out about the early explorers of Antarctica, view a photo gallery, and learn about mapping skills.
*Living - Meet the people who live and work in Antarctica.
*Working - Discover what it takes for expeditioners and researchers to work in Antarctica.
*Nature - Explore the Southern Ocean food web and meet the creatures who depend on it for survival including penguins, seals, whales, birds, and more.
*Climate - Research the greenhouse effect and climate changes. Learn about ice cycles, ice cores, ozone depletion, etc.
*International - Get information about the Antarctic Treaty and international cooperation and programs.
*Stewardship - Investigate the impact of humans on the Antarctic environment and the methods used for environmental sustainability.
Click on any topic and a new pages opens with a series of lessons about it. The lessons include downloadable/printable maps, graphs, illustrations, and more.
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