Social Studies: Antarctica

Last week, we finished learning about Antarctica. We learnt things like:

  • Antarctica is the southernmost continent on Earth.

  • Antarctica is in the South Pole.

  • Antarctica is surrounded by the Southern Ocean.

  • Antarctica is bigger than Europe and almost double the size of Australia.

  • Most of Antarctica is covered in ice over 1.6 kilometres thick (1 mile).

  • Because it experiences such little rain, Antarctica is considered a desert.

  • While humans don’t permanently reside in Antarctica, several thousand people live and work at various research facilities found on the continent.

  • While Antarctica features harsh living conditions, a number of plants and animals have adapted to survive and call the icy continent home.

  • Well known animals that live in Antarctica include penguins and seals.

  • Around 90% of the ice on Earth is found in Antarctica.



Our task today was to write a diary entry of an imaginary journey. The entry should answer the following questions:

  • How will you get there?
  • How will you communicate with others?
  • Which supplies must you bring?
  • What kind of equipment will you need?
  • Will your adventurers need any special training before traveling?
  • Which special sites will you see or visit?
  • What accommodations (where will you sleep) will you have?
  • What kind of physical features will you pass through?

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