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Session Topic 1

Session Topic 2:

Plants and Animals

Session Topic 3

Antarctica is an enormous land mass that surrounds the South Pole, far below Australia. It is the fifth largest continent in the world. It is a cold and inhospitable place that, like the Arctic regions of the North, is completely covered by ice and snow for the entire year. In the extremely cold winter months, the ocean around Antarctica freezes over, extending the continent even further.

No trees and very few plants can survive in this harshest of climates. The midge, a tiny invertebrate (no backbone), is the largest land animal on the continent. Bigger animals, such as penguins and seals, live around the coast and on the sub-Antarctic islands nearby. Many other animals and birds visit during the short Summer period between November and January.

Below is a list of flora and fauna that can be found on Antarctica. 
Plants in Antarctica Leopard Seals Emperor Penguins
Toothed Whales Southern Elephant Seals Chinstrap Penguins
Land Animals Weddell Seals Baleen Whales
Antarctic Food Webs Adelie Penguins
Antarctic Fish and Crustaceans

The following activities will help you learn about the different plants and animals found on Antarctica. By the end of this session you should be able to name them and describe some of their features. Make sure you carefully read all the information before each activity.

What you need to do...
* To complete this session, you need to work through each activity listed below.
  • Visit the web site, Antarctica - Plants and Animals. This site has lots of information about the different types of Flora and Fauna found in Antarctica. PRINT out this file and keep it with your SOSE Book as you may need it for other activities.
  • Read the "Antarctica - Plants and Animals" document and answer the questions at the bottom of the sheet. Carefully check your answers before handing in the sheet. Make sure you put your NAME on it.
  • Using "ClarisWorks", open a new Painting document and draw a full page picture of one of the animals described in "Antarctica - Plants and Animals". Make sure you use colour and you may like to add some background. PRINT out your finished picture and SAVE it into the "Antarctica - Animal Pictures" folder on the Junior School Server. Save it as your own name: E.g.. Paul.
  • View the video, "The Last Husky" and write a critical review using "ClarisWorks". Your review should outline the plot and main characters, and include your thoughts: 
    • What did you most enjoy about the video? Why/Why not? 
    • Was there anything that you did not enjoy? Why/Why not? 
    • Who was your favourite character? Why? 
    • Would you recommend it to others? Why/Why not?
    When you have completed the review, email it to your teacher as an attachment.
  • Visit the web site Virtual Antarctica Science - Animals. This is a fantastic site with many interesting links. You can explore the information regarding the animals already covered as well as new information on many other animals from Antarctica. It also gives you other links about Antarctica. Choose one animal, not previously covered, and write a half page report, in the form of a list, in your SOSE Book. Finish the page with a picture of the animal. Make sure you include a heading, date etc.
  • Continue to search the internet for "web sites" on Antarctica. Record in your SOSE Book the URLs of any that you find.
  • Email your teacher when you have completed all of the above activities.
Mr. Dickinson Mrs. Wyatt Mr.Ladbury

Checklist:Have you done these things: 
- Visited "Antarctica - Plants and Animals" web site and printed out the information? ...
- Answered the questions on bottom of the "Antarctica - Plants and Animals" sheet? ...
- Drawn a picture of an Antarctic animal using ClarisWorks Painting? ...
- Watched and reviewed the video, "The Last Husky"? ...
- Visited the Virtual Antarctica Science - Animals site? ...
- Produced a report, with a picture, of a different animal? ...
- "Located" and "recorded" any URLs of Antarctican  web sites? ...

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