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Welcome to the Classroom Resources section that accompanied the 1999-2000 NOVA/PBS Online Adventure, Shackleton's Antarctic Odyssey. This live adventure focused on Ernest Shackleton, a polar explorer who gained worldwide fame during his 1914 attempt to be the first person to cross the Antarctic continent. Footage filmed during the adventure resulted in the NOVA television program, Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance, and a NOVA giant-screen film, Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure, now showing at theaters worldwide.

We've updated these Classroom Resources to highlight the scientific and social studies features related to NOVA's Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance, premiering on PBS March 26, 2002. In this section you can find:

  • Site at a Glance—ssummary information that details the Web site's features, their type (interview, article, activity), and their grade-level appropriateness.

  • Lesson Plans—five printable lesson plans investigate topics of leadership, geography, navigation, ice, and nutrition.

  • Questions of the Day—an assortment of questions and answers related to Antarctica and Shackleton's legendary voyage there.

  • Field Report—a section that allows students to use photographs and audio clips, and text to create their own report about Antarctica.

  • Escape from Antarctica (Hot Science)—an online activity that challenges students to navigate to South Georgia Island with a sextant.
  • Related Resources—books, articles, and Web sites for further exploration about Shackleton and the Antarctic.

We hope you and your students will enjoy learning about one of the Earth's harshest environments and the story of 28 men who survived there against all odds.

Regards,

Karen Hartley
Editor
NOVA Online Teachers
e-mail: Karen_Hartley at wgbh dot org



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