About Classroom Antarctica

Classroom Antarctica is a comprehensive online teaching resource produced by the Australian Antarctic Division, aimed at grades 5 to 8.

Each unit has a selection of activities you can mix and match to meet your own school, state or national learning objectives. You can adapt the activities to the range of abilities in your class and the particular interests of your students. Pages that may also assist in your lesson planning include frequently asked questions, additional resources and our site map. Downloadable materials used throughout the site are also available from the maps and documents page.

Ideas contained in Classroom Antarctica will stimulate your students' interest in real-world applications for science, mathematics and studies of society and environment, inspiring and engaging your students in learning.

The activities may be used to enhance writing, literature, art, team-building and creative thinking skills, focusing on the study of significant environmental and social issues from a global perspective, and promoting an appreciation of the important role of Australians in Antarctica. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the key issues currently facing Antarctica: climate change, tourism, whaling, fishing, mineral exploitation, resource management and the impact of humans on the environment.

Using the resources found on the Australian Antarctic Division's website, and drawing on supporting materials from other relevant sites, we have reduced the research you will need to undertake and materials you need to develop. Your students can develop their own links and create their own web page on an Antarctic theme – this is both fun and a great way to present a final learning product. Directions for simple web page building and necessary tools can be found on the internet.

Teachers and students are encouraged to provide us with suggestions for improving the content and materials of the education kit or the Australian Antarctic Division's website, via the contact form.

This page was last modified on January 23, 2014.