1) A fun activity is to create a game for your students. Choose a series of words (ice, water, north pole, south pole, Antarctica, Arctic, penguins, polar bears, seals, whales, dolphins, igloos, trees...) or use images. The same number of strips of white paper will also be distributed so the students can write new words and include it in the game. You will also need globes or printed maps. Divide the class into small groups. Distribute the words (or images) and strips of blank paper between the groups and ask to each group to place the images in the most appropriate area - Arctic - Antarctica or outside areas (use a creative way to fix the answers in the globe or map). Each group must not see each other’s answers. After a few minutes, have the groups present their work and then make the necessary arrangements. The winning group is the one with the highest number of correct answers!
2) An Internet search is a great activity to create an opportunity for students to do some self-directed research in an issue of their own interest. Example topics can include “What are the main differences between the diversity of the Arctic and Antarctic? What are the main problems affecting these environments? What are the characteristics of the human population that lives in the Arctic? What is the Antarctic Treaty? The climate of the poles influences all Earth?...” Each group could present their work to the class (or to other students in the school) to spread the knowledge about the poles!
3) Would you like to include a talk from a researcher that works in the polar environment? APECS is connected with researchers across the globe that would be happy to give a lecture and answer questions from your students during Polar Week! You can find some great names in the “Cool Speakers” list from APECS and you can contact then personally.
Talk to your teacher and suggest activities for Polar Week! You can use the ideas above or do something by yourself as suggested below:
1) You know enough about the poles? Perfect! How about proposing a lecture to your colleagues? This is a very easy way to call everyone's attention to the importance of the poles for the planet!
1) Host a polar or cryosphere related reading group! Select a few papers for a group to read over and talk about current trends in polar or cryosphere research. In the APECS website you can find suggestions on Polar Journals and in Literature Discussions. Google scholar is other great place to start search for any polar related topics.
2) Do you have a polar research group at your school or institution? Organize a small research symposium, where a small group gives short presentations on their work with a question and answer session after each. This would be a great opportunity for young researchers to practice their presenting skills. It’s also a great way for groups to talk about the research they do to a general audience.
3) Host a polar movie night! There are a number of great polar or cryosphere related documentaries available, e.g. “Chasing Ice” from James Balog. Another interesting documentary is BBC frozen planet. And there are many more! Gather your friends and colleagues and perhaps a few tasty treats and learn about the changing Polar regions.