Site at a Glance |
Lesson Plans |
Questions of the Day |
Field Report |
Escape from Antarctica |
Related Resources |
Welcome to the Classroom Resources section for the NOVA/PBS Online Adventure,
Shackleton's Antarctic Odyssey. This live adventure focuses on Ernest
Shackleton, a polar explorer who gained worldwide fame during his 1914 attempt
to be the first person to cross the Antarctic continent. The epic journey of
survival that ensued held stories of stamina and willpower from the
expedition's 28 men.
Shackleton's Antarctic Odyssey will follow a team revisiting the scenes of
Shackleton's legendary journey, for a NOVA television program and a NOVA
large-format film for IMAX® and IWERKS® theaters.
The team will brave the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage and revisit the
legendary locales of the crew's trials—all to get to the bottom of this
awe-inspiring survival story.
We invite you and your students to follow along with us on this adventure,
which begins Tuesday, October 19, 1999, and runs for about four weeks. During
that time, here's what you can expect:
We hope you and your students will come aboard for our journey to Earth's final
- continual availability of the companion Web site that includes
photos, QuickTime VRs, audio clips, articles, and activities about Shackleton's
original expedition, the current team's attempts to retrace the journey, and
life in the Antarctic. Use this Web site to send e-mail to expedition
- constant updates from the field through daily Dispatches, regular
reports chronicling the team's most recent activities and position, current
weather information, and sounds from the Antarctic.
- a way to receive continued updates on the team's progress.
- these Classroom Resources. This section will provide you with:
For Your Students:
- Site at a Glance—summary information that details the Web site's
features, their type (interview, article, activity), and their grade level
- Lesson Plans—four printable lesson plans investigate topics of
geography, navigation, ice, and nutrition.
- Related Resources—books, articles, and Web sites for further
exploration about Shackleton and the Antarctic.
- Field Report—a section that allows students to use photographs and
audio clips, and text to create their own summary of the adventure's events.
- Escape from Antarctica (Hot Science)—an activity that challenges
students to navigate to South Georgia Island with a sextant.
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e-mail: Karen_Hartley at wgbh dot org
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