Use these lesson plans to help your students understand more about Ernest
Shackleton's leadership, what the Antarctic is like, how sailors can determine
their latitude at night, and the nutritional value of an Antarctic meal.
Lesson plan to accompany NOVA's Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance program:
Students decide what to rescue from the sinking Endurance and compare those decisions to ones made by Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Additional lessons that can be used with Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance:
The Coldest Place at the Bottom of the World: Students
use longitude and latitude coordinates to trace and estimate the miles on
Shackleton's actual and intended polar journeys, describe the altitude changes
across the continent, and compare Antarctica to their own state.
For more lesson plans on Antarctica and Shackleton's voyage, you can download the
giant-screen Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure Teacher's Guide.
Icebergs Ahead!: Students make miniature icebergs, float
them in water, expose them to the sun, and compare them to a floating cork
stopper. Students also estimate the amount of drift ice around Antarctica.
A Meal of Endurance: Students analyze the nutritional
value of three meals representative of the food Shackleton's men ate as their
journey progressed, and compare them to their own daily diet.
Let the North Star Tell You Where You Are: Students make
their own astrolabe, use it to sight the star Polaris, and determine their
About the authors
Jim Sammons has been a teacher for more than 30 years, most recently teaching middle school science at Jamestown School in Rhode Island. He is currently conducting research in planetary geology.
"The Coldest Place at the Bottom of the World"
"A Meal of Endurance"
"Let the North Star Tell You Where You Are"
Reen Gibb currently teaches at Brookline High School in
Massachusetts, where she has been for 20 years. Her teaching experience
includes secondary and middle school biology, secondary school physics, and
college and secondary school chemistry. Ms. Gibb also teaches in the Education
Department at Wellesley College and works as a consultant for a Boston
University Science Foundation grant that focuses on using the computer as a
virtual laboratory in the chemistry classroom.
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