Topic: Why is Antarctica important and how are people trying to protect it?
Contributing Questions 1.Where is Antarctica? 2. How do we use Antarctica? 3. What groups of people visit Antarctica? 4. What can we find in Antarctica? 5. What are the threats to this environment? 6. How have we discovered information about Antarctica? Outcomes: ENS3.5, ENS3.6, SSS3.7, LTS3.3, INVS3.7, DMS3.8, UTS3.9 Students will be able to; 1. Appreciating the environment, one's personal relationship with it and one's responsibility for its future. 2. Recognising the interdependence of people and the environment. 3. Showing commitment to ecologically sustainable development and lifestyles. 4. Being environmentally responsible. After learning about Antarctica, your task is to answer the above question as detailed as you possibly can. Use the contributing questions to help you. Think about the ways that you can present this. You may choose ONE of these ideas. You must discuss this idea with your teacher and your parents/guardians; • • • • • • • • • Oral presentation Written report with illustrations Create a poster Book Video presentation (i-movie) Model (with information) Power-point presentation Web-page If you have another idea, you can discuss this with your teacher

You will need to cite where you found your information. This needs to be done in the following way; Heading: Bibliography For Books: Author, name of book, date of publication – eg, Clevelend, C, Living in Antarctica, 2003 For internet: Title of site, web address – eg, Classroom Antractica, You will have time to work on this task at school but you may need to complete certain parts at home. This will be part of your homework for 3 weeks. This assignment is due on Tuesday, 29th March (Week 10)

You will be marked on the following criteria; Criteria Continent 1 No description of where Antarctica is, life in Antarctica, nature of Antarctica and why it is such a different place from Australia 2 Describes where Antarctica is, some life in Antarctica, some nature of Antarctica and a small comparison of why it is such a different place from Australia Has minimal description of early explorers and Australia’s involvement. Describes some ecosystems and animals in Antarctica. Has little mention of the special environment. 3 Describes where Antarctica is, life in Antarctica, nature of Antarctica and why it is such a different place from Australia


Has no reference to early explorers or of Australia’s involvement. Has no mention of the animals and ecosystems found in Antarctica.



Has no mention of the threats to the environment and the impact of climate change.

Describes the special climate but has minimal mention of the threats to it.


Minimal effort put into presentation. No diagrams or pictures includes

Some use of colour, pictures and stimulating material

Information Gathering

Information is gathered from electronic or nonelectronic sources only

Information is gathered from limited sources

Describes early explorers and Australia’s involvement in Antarctica Describes the special environmental qualities and the major components of the Antarctic ecosystem including food webs and animals Describes the impact of climate change, the threats to the environment and what people are trying to do to protect it. Provides clear, interesting and a visually stimulating presentation. Use of colour, diagrams and text. Information is gathered from multiple electronic and non-electronic sources and cited properly.

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