7 Continents: Antarctica, Grades 4-6+
Develop geography literacy while learning about the unique characteristics of Antarctica!
The 7 Continents: Antarctica helps students learn about Antarctica through engaging reading and writing activities.
Five geography units cover the following standards-based topics:
- Section 1: Antarctica in the World
Introduces students to the location of Antarctica in the world.
- Antarctica’s Relative Location
- Antarctica’s Hemispheres
- Antarctica’s Absolute Location
- Using a Projection Map
- Section 2: Physical Features of Antarctica
Introduces students to the highest, driest, coldest, and iciest continent on the planet.
- Formation of Antarctica
- Antarctica’s Harsh Landscape
- East Antarctica
- West Antarctica
- Antarctic Mountains
- Antarctic Ice
- Antarctica’s Climate
- Climate Changes in Antarctica
- Antarctica’s Bodies of Water
Section 3: History of Exploration
Students learn about the diverse history of Antarctica’s discovery and exploration.
- Unknown Southern Land
- Early Exploration
- Bellingshausen and Weddell
- Ross and Wilkes
- Belgica Stranded
- Heroic Age
- Race to the South Pole
- Mawson and Shackleton
- Exploration by Air
- Admiral Byrd
Section 4: People of Antarctica Today
Students learn about the people who research, visit, and live in Antarctica.
- Antarctica Treaty
- Antarctica’s Scientific Research
- Female Scientists
- Communication in Antarctica
- Tourism in Antarctica
Section 5: Natural Resources and Wildlife
Introduces students to the natural resources and wildlife of Antarctica.
- Resources of Antarctica
- Lichens, Fungi, Moss, and Algae
- Land Invertebrates
- Animals in the Ocean
- Animals: Visitors on Land
- Antarctica’s Web of Life
This resource contains teacher support pages, reproducible student pages, and an answer key.