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Exploring Antarctica

Are your children thinking about what they want to be when they grow up? A career? Looking for a definitely not-boring, adventurous, and cool job? In this set of activities, come explore Antarctic Employment.

Read a bit at the following links:

Antarctic Employment
Antarctic Jobs

Then, answer the comprehension questions below and then follow it up with the fun and hands-on activities listed.

Comprehension Questions:

1. What is the name of the government agency that oversees the United States Antarctic Program?

2. Name at least three places that you can check to find out about employment opportunities in Antarctica.

3. Name at least five types of jobs available in Antarctica.

4. Read what has traditionally been believed to be the recruiting advertisement for the 1912 Shackleton Expedition. How have the job advertisements changed since then?

5. Imagine that you were hired to work in Antartica. What would be your job? What is the salary? What are your qualifications? Where would you work (what base)? What would you need to pack and bring with you to your job location?

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Word Search using Vocabulary Words:

Antarctica

N R V R C S J R Z K H K M D S P Q Q O K O W X G Q
C O G E O U E P R S L T B D X Q L D U Y H L I E F
T S I H M T U J O P B H A L S Y G U G X Z W K B G
G S B T W A H T S A C E R O F M B O E F A I R Z G
E I N A A R C U A K H R O C H I L L F K C R Q T R
S C I E N T I S T S I M M X N O I C W S F O B N X
N E A W E S I M W M A O E C R F Z W F W A J F R D
O S R A L O P P J C I M T O A F Z C B V E B X D X
W H D E F R D N I W O E E H F Z A I R I T N S O W
V E C E G F T T O C S T R E B O R A W H P T D N M
V L W V G D C E E B E E D U Q X D V F I X O A G U
P F N O N R Q U C M N R L K S A J V M Z V C H A L
L E F Y A M E L P H T N P A R S X O N C P J O B X
H S N T N E Z E E R F C D O H X E Q T G N Z K R K
W H N G K D R I W E N R U D H W F R I C I F K X B
X A U Q U A T S W P I K Q C X S N A P Q H T M T R
W C O N T I N E N T Y M K A K G P E D D K V C M Z
R K G U Z O N Y E U U Y G N B E U R O E P Z Q E D
X L R L Z B F M P L M N C D A R P A P S K E G K P
A E B G I Z Q H F X S Q I C G P R W Y Y R W A M X
C T A U H F E F S T C D U V N X R X D V U F Q E K
P O F R L B H K O T Y K Y Q C O S T M M V C W M R
J N W H G R C R K O D Z K D C E R A N U L Y I R W
P O T R I D M Y Q C J E Q L L N W D L V I N C O L
S J O B K A N P P H N P Z C O K Y H W A S I Z L S


Word List:
AIR
ANTARCTICA
BAROMETER
BLIZZARD
CELSIUS
CHILL
CLOUD
COLD
CONTINENT
DEGREE
FAHRENHEIT
FOG
FORECAST
FREEZE
FROST
METEOROLOGY
PENGUIN
POLAR
PRECIPITATION
PRESSURE
RADAR
RAIN
ROBERT SCOTT
ROSS ICE SHELF
SCIENTISTS
SHACKLETON
SLEET
SNOW
STORM
STRATUS
TEMPERATURE
THERMOMETER
WEATHER
WHALES
WIND


Icy Blue Igloo

Ingredients:

3 packages of Jell-O Berry Blue Gelatin Dessert (4-serving size)
2 ¾ cups boiling water
1 ½ cups cold water
2 cups ice cubes
2 cups whipped topping

Directions

1. Dissolve 2 packages of blue jell-o in 2 cups boiling water. Add cold water. Pour into 13-inch x 9-inch pan. Chill until set, about 3 hours. Cut gelatin into ½ inch cubes. Set aside.

2. Line a 6-cup bowl with plastic wrap. Set aside.

3. Dissolve remaining package of blue jell-o in ¾ cup boiling water. Add ice cubes. Stir until slightly thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove any unmelted ice. Whisk in 1 cup whipped topping. Stir in 2/3 of the gelatin cubes and pour mixture into prepared bowl. Chill until set, about 3 hours.

4. Unmold onto serving plate, flat side down. The round part should be on top. Remove plastic wrap and frost surface with remaining whipped topping and decorate with remaining jell-o cubes so that it looks like blocks in the “ice” of the whipped topping. There you have your “igloo.”

Suggested Reading:

A is for Antarctica, by Jonathan Chester. Tricycle Press. 1998.

Antarctica, by Helen Cowcher. Sunburst Publishing. Reprint edition (paperback), 1991.

The Heart of the Antarctic : Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909,

by Ernest Henry Shackleton. Caroll and Graff Pubishers. Reprint 1999.

Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing. 1995

Antarctica : The Last Continent (National Geographic Destinations), by Kim Heacox. National Geographic Society. 1999

Braving the Frozen Frontier: Women Working in Antarctica, by Rebecca L. Johnson, Lerner Publications Company. 1996

Polar Dreams, by Helen Thayer. Dell Publishing. 1993

Other Links:

Unit Study on Weather
Unit Study on Antarctica

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