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Amazing Antarctica: Geography, History, Extremes, Animals & People of the Ice

Antarctica is a vast frozen land covered only by ice ... or is it? In this 5-week course, we will examine unique history and geography (hint: it's more than just ice!) of this continent. Guided by a real Antarctic Explorer (me!)
Michelle Polar World
58 total reviews for this teacher
New class
Class
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
11-13
year olds
1-6
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue, Sep 27

Sep 27 – Oct 25 (5 weeks)
Tuesdays
3:00 – 3:55 PM
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Fri, Sep 30

Sep 30 – Oct 28 (5 weeks)
Fridays
7:00 – 7:55 AM
1 learner enrolled
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Tue, Jan 10, 2023

Jan 10 – Feb 7, 2023 (5 weeks)
Tuesdays
7:00 – 7:55 AM
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Tue, Jan 10, 2023

Jan 10 – Feb 7, 2023 (5 weeks)
Tuesdays
8:00 – 8:55 AM
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Description

Class Experience

I’ve lived and worked in Antarctica for two summer seasons at a science research station.  I’m passionate about the Icy Continent, and am happy to share my first-hand knowledge and experience with learners in my courses and answer as many questions as I can.  In addition to sharing my personal experiences, several of my courses draw on expert knowledge in Antarctic science, history, and logistics from people I met while working there.  This extensive set of educational resources developed by science researchers and Antarctic logistics specialists gives learners a first-hand look at real scientific research being conducted in one of the most remote environments on the planet, along with the logistics that help support scientific discovery. I look forward to sharing Antarctica with your learner.

Prior to working in Antarctica, I taught World Geography in Alaska for 10 years.  Antarctica was always my favorite unit to teach!  My courses also draw on materials I’ve used in the classroom to teach about the Icy Continent. 
There is no homework assigned, however many students become fascinated about Antarctica and want to read or watch more about this Polar environment.
There are no required materials. For all keen learners (Antarctic Explorers) who take Antarctic-themed classes with me regularly, I highly recommend a dedicated notebook or binder for Antarctica. Optional worksheets will be provided with this course, offering the option for homeschool families to use this as a specialized geography unit.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This course includes information about Explorer's struggles in the harsh environment of Antarctica, including the death of some Explorers.  There is not a heavy emphasis on this, but I do present the information as historical fact.  In the animals section, we may also touch on the natural life cycles of animals, including predator and prey.  I will also present this information factually and with scientific accuracy.  This represents a very small portion of the class, and I welcome an email from caregivers with additional questions. 
Information for this course is drawn from the US National Science Foundation and the US Antarctic Program materials.  This class uses the original text of the Antarctic Treaty as the Primary Source Document.

Teacher

Michelle Polar World
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Explorer, World Geography teacher, Always learning
58 total reviews
105 completed classes

About Me

SEPTEMBER 2022 Monthly Update:
Following an absence from teaching, I’m excited to resume my classes on Outschool.  I have missed seeing learner’s excitement about Antarctica and look forward to connecting with previous students and meeting new... 
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