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    This teacher resource lists selected articles from the Connected and School Journal reading series that support the science concepts when teaching about Antarctica.

    Connected and School Journal resources are produced for New Zealand primary and intermediate schools by the Ministry of Education. They are available to New Zealand schools in print and digital form.

    Connected and School Journal titles and synopses

    Science Learning Hub resources supported by the titles

    The Big Chill and the Big Drill by Rupert Alchin

    Connected Level 1 and 2 2008

    ANDRILL scientists drill into the Antarctic seabed to learn about Antarctica’s climate and how it has changed from ancient times.

    Antarctic life and ecosystems

    Collecting data in Antarctica

    Antarctica and global climate change

    Who’s Eating Who? By Bronwen Wall

    Connected Level 4 2012

    The article covers Antarctic food webs and animal adaptations for life in an icy ecosystem. (Includes teacher support material.)

    Antarctic life and ecosystems

    Collecting data in Antarctica

    Activity idea

    Making a food web

    An Ecologist on Ice by Matt Vance

    Connected Number 4 2013

    Phil Lyver is a wildlife ecologist who studies Adélie penguin population dynamics and the marine ecosystem in the Ross Sea. Phil uses the same data-recording systems as Dr Amy Whitehead, featured in the Nigel Latta in Antarctica video series. (Includes teacher support material.)

    Antarctic life and ecosystems

     

    Gather Your Data by Rex Bartholomew

    Connected Number 4 2013

    This article explains the functions and uses of data loggers and tags. (Includes teacher support material.)

    Antarctic life and ecosystems

    Collecting data in Antarctica

     

    59.5 Degrees South by Sarah Wilcox

    School Journal Level 3 August 2013

    This article provides information on Argo floats. These devices measure ocean currents, temperature and salinity. The article also references the Antarctic Circumpolar Current – without the need for Nigel’s pizza sauce. (Includes teacher support material.)

    Antarctic life and ecosystems

    Collecting data in Antarctica

    Activity idea

    Using Argo data

    Frozen Food by Philippa Werry

    School Journal Part 4 Number 1 2006

    Read about what it is like to be a chef in Antarctica, where most of the food is delivered once a year.

    Scott Base

    Voyage to the Cold South by Emily Sendall

    School Journal Part 1 Number 4 1994

    The author went with her parents on a voyage across the Southern Ocean to Antarctica. This article contains diary excerpts and photos.

    Antarctica’s historic huts

    Activity idea

    Compare the author’s diary entries with weekly blog posts from those who sailed on the research ship Tangaroa. Record similarities and differences between these two journeys – 25 years apart.

    Time Capsule in the Antarctic by Kim Westerov

    School Journal Part 1 Number 3 1991

    A short article about Ernest Shackleton’s 1908 hut. The article contains detailed photos of the hut’s contents.

    Antarctica’s historic huts

    Look closely at the labels on the food tins. What kinds of food did the explorers eat?

    Compare these food items with the foods and meals mentioned in Frozen Food (School Journal Part 4 Number 1 2006).

    Southern Quest by Stephen Broni

    School Journal Part 4 Number 1 1990

    Shipwrecked in Pack Ice by Stephen Broni

    School Journal Part 4 Number 2 1990

    Leaving it Clean by Stephen Broni

    School Journal Part 4 Number 3 1990

    These three articles retell a 1985 adventure to retrace Scott’s route to the South Pole. Stephen Broni and others erected a hut in Cape Evans. They became shipwrecked but refused to leave until the crew was able to dismantle the hut, leaving no trace.

    Antarctica’s historic huts

    Scott Base

    Activity ideas

    Compare Stephen Broni’s adventures with that of Robert Scott and his crew. www.nzaht.org/AHT/CapeEvansP2/

    Compare Stephen Broni’s experiences with those currently working at Scott Base, including:

    • preparation prior to departure
    • survival training in Antarctica
    • clothing and gear
    • attitude towards the environment.

    Useful links

    Connected uses contextual issues to promote scientific, technological and mathematical literacy.

    School Journal supports students in years 4–8 to meet the reading demands of all New Zealand curriculum areas.

    The Connected and School Journal teacher support materials are accessed through the Journal Surf website. A subscription login is required.

     

      Published 24 September 2015 Referencing Hub articles