Happy Feet did to Antarctica what The Lion King did to Africa so many years ago: inspired a whole generation of children to dream about travelling to far-away places. All the while educating them on environmental issues affecting some of the most significant, yet often overlooked, corners of Earth. Antarctica school projects and resources have flourished in the last few years, with more and more people realizing the importance of educating the next generation into caring – and protecting – this most awe-inspiring region of our planet.
Whether you’re a school teacher or an intrepid parent who wishes to complement your child’s schooling, you’ll find a plethora of great resources online for Antarctica school projects, lesson plans and crafts projects aimed at broadening children’s perspective and sparking their interest in Antarctica, the world’s most pristine and remote continent. Granted, you may not be as funny as Lovelace or Ramon, your feet may not nearly be as elated as Mumble’s, and you may not be able to sing as divinely as Gloria, but with a little effort, you too can captivate the imagination and interest of your students.
Although some tap-dancing lessons wouldn’t go astray, to be brutally honest…
Quick facts Sheets
Children LOVE to ask a barrage of fact-based questions, so be a sharp-shooter with your answers and you’ll impress them no end:
- The Antarctica Fact Pages published by the Australian Antarctica Division includes 10 comprehensive fact sheets on all sorts of Antarctica-related facts, from wildlife to history, and even includes a gorgeous Sounds of Antarctica audio page so kids can learn the calls of all the different animals
- An interesting page on the history of the Australian claim over a chunk of the region will educate them on the country’s special connection to the icy world down under
- An enticing Photo Gallery will no doubt enthrall them
- For questions specific to the current loss of ice in Antarctica, refer to the Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise page.
If you have littlies in your care, then you may wish to start with some basics, so here are some totally Fun Antarctica Facts for Kids. You can also entertain older kids with these super cool facts about Antarctica found on our Chimu Adventures blog.
Australia has enjoyed a long-held link with Antarctica and the Mawson’s Huts Website provides plenty of information on the historical Australian mission of 1911, as well as plenty of up-to-date info on current projects to restore Mawson’s Huts.
Lesson Plans for Grades 3-8
The Australian Antarctica Division has also devised fantastic lesson plans for school kids. Classroom Antarctica is an amazing resource for teachers and includes various aspects of Antarctica, which will engage your students’ understanding of geography, science and maths.
Fun and Educational Crafts Projects
From making your own penguin using common household items to an array of animal paintings on paper plates, these Animal Crafts for Kids ideas are arguably the most popular Antarctica school projects for younger students, and give them the chance to learn more about this great southern continent and its inhabitants, whilst having fun and getting their fingers glued together. *Sigh*. Click through the comprehensive list of tutorial videos and note that it may be wise to run through a list of animals that live on Antarctica with your students, lest one of them spend a whole weekend at home proudly creating a polar bear, only to be heartbroken when told polar bears live on the other end of our planet.
Antarctica Cooking Projects
Antarctica is not exactly the world’s most exciting culinary destination and that’s probably because there is no authentic cuisine of which to speak. There will be no penguin-a-l’orange, thank you very much. But, what we find interesting, is that as soon as you start teaching children about this most harsh and barren environment, and they learn all about the scientists who live here for months on end through unforgiving climate, one of the first thing they tend to ask is: ‘But what do these scientists eat?!’
Teaching children about the dietary restrictions faced by researchers in Antarctica is quite a powerful tool and can help plant the seed in the mind that not everyone on our planet has access to a variety of fresh, wholesome and yummy food. Least of all scientists and researchers living on the world’s driest, harshest and windiest continent! Have them make up a ration pack list to give them insight into what a researcher’s diet may be like.
Author: Laura Pattara
“Laura Pattara is a modern nomad who’s been vagabonding around the world, non-stop, for the past 15 years. She’s tour-guided overland trips through South America and Africa, travelled independently through the Middle East and has completed a 6-year motorbike trip from Europe to Australia. What ticks her fancy most? Animal encounters in remote wilderness, authentic experiences off the beaten trail and spectacular Autumn colours in Patagonia.”