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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