Activities, Lesson Plans, and More
- Y—Young (PreK-3rd)
- M—Middle (4th-6th)
- O—Older (7th-12th)
- T—Teacher Resources
Antarctica: Encounters at the End of the World (Documentary)
“Encounters at the End of the World is a 2007 American documentary film by Werner Herzog. The film studies people and places in Antarctica. It was released in North America on June 11, 2008, and distributed by THINKFilm.” The full-length film is available to watch for free on YouTube.
Antarctica Virtual Tour
This interactive map from Ernest-Shackleton.com will let you explore various locations in Antarctica. Click on the different hotspots for a virtual tour, where you can look around 360 degrees, walk around, into buildings, and different rooms. The site also has a large amount of biographical information on Ernest Shackleton, the Shackleton mission, videos, interactives, and more.
Cool Antarctica is a comprehensive, educational website created and maintained by Paul Ward, a former Antarctic researcher with the British Antarctic Survey. The site contains a wealth of information on Antarctica geography, animals, climate, science, travel information, and more. Educational resources include lessons, quizzes, photos, maps, Power Points, recipes, and a unit study.
Endurance: Shackleton's Lost Ship is Found in Antarctic
After more than 100 years, the ship of Sir Ernest Shackleton was discovered at the bottom of the Weddell Sea. This BBC article contains video footage of the ship wreck, information on the search efforts, and more.
Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure: The Greatest Survival Story of All Time (Teacher’s Guide)
This teacher’s guide from the Smithsonian Institute was designed to accompany the film Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure, but the activities can also be used alone. Includes a mapping activity, a timeline, fact sheets, geography activities, dietary activities, and more. Designed for students ages 7-14.
South-Pole.com is a comprehensive site dedicated to the explorers of our polar regions and the surrounding islands. It has detailed information, photos, and primary sources documenting the history of Antarctic exploration, starting in 1518.
Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance
Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance is a microsite from PBS designed to accompany their 2002 NOVA TV episode. The site contains a large amount of biographical information on the Shackleton expedition crew members, their survival techniques, Anarctica geography, lesson plans, and more.
Shackleton Online is the name of the collection of primary sources, artifacts, films, and other materials related to Sir Ernest Shackleton and his expedition. From from the Scott Polar Research Institute.
Antarctic Heritage Trust
The Antarctic Heritage Trust is a New Zealand-based non-profit that is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of Antarctic exploration history. You can find a massive collection of historical photos and artifacts, 360 VR virtual tours of historical locations, articles, films, digital exhibitions, and more on the site.
Australian Antarctic Division Resources
Lessons and educational resources from The Australian Antarctic Division, covering topics like Antarctic animals, exploration, the ocean floor, microbiology, weather and climate, and more. For grades 2-12.
British Antarctic Survey
The British Antarctic Survey is the British scientific research entity responsible for studying our polar regions. On the site, you can find Antarctica web cams, information on areas of research, meet Antarctic researchers, and more.
Discovering Antarctica is an educational website by the British Antarctic Survey that includes features activities, images, video clips, and fact sheets covering various Antarctica topics, including geography & climate, ecosystems & foodwebs, scientific exploration, tourism, and more.
Antarctica and the Artic
Resources from the Scott Polar Research Institute on the people, wildlife, and geography of Antarctica and the Arctic to help students compare the two.
The Polar Museum Learning Activities
A large collection of Antarctica educational resources, including lessons, activities, photos, and videos from the Scott Polar Research Institute’s Polar Museum.
The Polar Museum Exhibitions
In-person and online exhibitions from the Scott Polar Research Institute’s Polar Museum. Explore primary sources to tell the story of Antarctic exploration and scientific research.
US Antarctica Program Resources
An extensive collection of lesson plans, 360 VR virtual tours, video clips, activities, coloring pages, and information for K-12 students and teachers from the US Antarctica Program. Learn about Antarctica wildlife, ice drilling, microbiology, astronomy, geography, climate, and much more.
Antarctica New Zealand Educational Resources
Antarctica New Zealand is the New Zealand scientific research entity responsible for studying our polar regions. They host a large collection of multidisciplinary educational resources. You can search the resources by learning area (Literacy, the Arts, History, Science, Health, Mathematics, the Natural Physical World, Geography, Design & Innovation), grade level, enquiry type, or resource type. Includes games, videos, fact sheets, Power Points, and tons more.
National Science Foundation: Arctic and Antarctic Classroom Resources
A large collection of K-12 Arctic and Antarctic lessons, activity pages, videos, timelines, and more from the National Science Foundation.
Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Resources
Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center has a large collection of polar lessons, activities, virtual tours, and more for students. Learn about glacial flows, the water cycle, ice cores, polar survival, and more.
Science Learning Hub Antarctica Lesson Plans
The Science Learning Hub | Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao is a publicly-funded educational website for science in New Zealand. You can find tons of explainer articles, videos, diagrams, interactives, science projects, and activities on Antarctica biology, geography, climate, and more.
Antarctica: the Frozen Continent at the South Pole
Enchanted Learning has a large amount of encyclopedic information on Antarctica for kids. Learn about Antarctic climate, animals, geography, explorations, fossils, and more.
Antarctica for Kids
Antarctica fact page, interactives, and quizzes for kids from Ology, an educational website from the American Museum of Natural History.
A series of informational articles on Antarctica written by Sean J. Kearns and published in the National Science and Technology Week from 1998.
Take A Virtual Trip To Antarctica
Take a cool Internet tour of Antarctica in the warmth of the classroom. Included: Fifteen Antarctica teaching activities for across the grades and across the curriculum.
Antarctica: A Unit Study
This unit study from DIY Homeschooler will take students on a virtual tour of Antarctica’s wildlife, science, and exploration. Includes lessons, activities, books, printables, notebooking pages, and links to additional resources.
Antarctic Explorers Unit Study
This fun unit study from Angelicscalliwags Homeschooling will introduce students to various Antarctic explorers and their survival techniques. Includes books, printables, activities, and lots of recipes.