Friday, December 3, 2010

Our Continent Bags - Antarctica

This is, by far, our emptiest continent bag. There's only so much you can do with Antarctica!

Here's what's inside:
Book, continent card, maps, and fact sheet. Did you know that igloos, Eskimos, and polar bears do not actually exist in Antarctica? There are no indigenous persons living on this continent, just scientists and their families.


Pictures, stamps, and a postcard. The stamps are images I found on Google and the postcard is from a lovely blog friend's boyfriend who is there doing scientific research.

Fake ice, snow, snowflakes and a wooden egg. I saw the idea for the ice (clear, plastic cubes) and snow (I used salt w/glitter) here and the wooden egg (to represent penguin eggs) idea came from here. The snowflakes are crystal ornaments.

Three part cards. You can find some lovely three part cards and information cards about penguins here.

Life cycle of a penguin. This awesome photo and time-line are available here thanks to Mondorfment.

Artwork and the movie, The March of the Penguins. This movie makes me cry every time I see it. The fact that a parent will go to any length to protect and provide for their child - no matter the species - is what gets me.

Various color and dot-to-dot pages and a sequencing story. I found the pages on abcteach and the story from KidsSoup.

I did find some really neat, but obviously fake, Antarctica currency on Google. (There's no economy there so there's no need for money.) After doing some research on the fake currency I found out it was created as sort of a "collector's item". A fun idea, but I'm trying to stay true to the continents so I decided against printing it.

Cool links:
Discovering Antarctica is a great site that offers a teacher's section.
Cool Antarctica offers loads of pictures and information about the continent.
Delightful Learning shared this post which details the many fantastic things they did when they studied Antarctica.
A Path With Promise did a great job with their Antarctica box.
Montessori Tidbits provides a ton of wonderful links where you can find even more Antarctica resources.

I hope you enjoyed this photo tour of our Antarctica Continent Bag! You might also enjoy these other posts from my Continent Bag Series:
Our Continent Bags
Our Continent Bags - Storage
Our Continent Bags - North America
Our Continent Bags - Asia
Our Continent Bags - Europe
Our Continent Bags - Africa

Also check out my Continent Bag photo album on the Counting Coconuts Facebook page.

I'm linking this post up to The Preschool Corner and Montessori Monday.

~Thank you for your comments!~


City Sister said...

We saw a great IMAX film about Shackeldon's journey. It was fascinating, the spirit of the men and the shear determination exploring there.

Jen said...

I love the little ice cubes! I think you did a fantastic job at putting all of these bags together... you're so creative!!

Michelle Gibson said...

Beautiful. Just beautiful! You have done a wonderful job on your continent bags. I love that they are visually appealing, but also very true to life. . . and beautiful!

Thanks for linking to me too! :-)

Unknown said...

I just picked up some of the clear cubes this week, to sort by sizes as an extra activity for this winter.

What's in the little brown box in the top photo? Cards? Animals?

Thanks for the link, too!

Debbie said...

I love this! You've come up with some good things to put in your box, and how lucky to have connections with someone researching there! So far, my Antarctica box has only a book. My mom is shipping me the Toob penguin set...but that's about it. I am going to make some things once I get more laminating sheets.

Counting Coconuts said...

Thanks for your comments!

Leann, the snowflakes are in the brown box. :)


Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

I love the links that you provide, and you are so well stocked even for this emptiest continent. How neat that you have a postcard from Antarctica. One of my prized possessions is a photo with a stamp from Russian Antarctic station, it belonged to my grandfather.

Maureensk said...

A postcard from Antarctica, now that is cool! I wish I knew someone who worked there...

Leptir (NataĊĦa) said...

BEAUTIFUL continent boxes! You have so beautiful objects for learning :-)

The Sunshine Crew said...

Love your continents bag for Antarctica...
hope that you are having a happy Monday...hope it is warmer your way than it is here in Florida. We had to actually turn our furnace on the last few days...
Am going to email you, as I have some goodies for you.

Rebecca said...

Sigh, could your creativity get any more amazing? lol.

Unknown said...

Love the creativity with the snowflakes. Thanks for the links and for sharing.

XYZZ said...

Love the snowflakes and ice, as well as the penguin lifecycle - I'll be adding those to our box as well! Thanks for linking to Montessori Monday. :)

Deb Chitwood said...

All your continent bags are wonderful, even your emptiest one, Mari-Ann! I featured your post and Antarctic animals photo in my Montessori-Inspired Arctic and Antarctic Unit:

Blank Canvas said...

There are books from Scholastic about Polar Animals some from the south pole, I have a photo of the "symbolic south pole" surrounded by the national flags of participating countries, which has a shiny reflective globe on it and someone placed a teddy bear in the picture. I have a photo of the longest day of the year, and a photo of the actual south pole from the internet. I could not find a photo of the science station

Blank Canvas said...

Scholastic Books has books on polar animals. I spend one week on "polar regions" with the message that the animals at the north pole are not the animals of the south pole. For the south pole I have a photograph of the "Symbolic South Pole" which is surrounded by flags of the participating research countries and a reflecting globe with a teddy bear sitting on it both images from the internet. I have a photo of the actual south pole and an image of Antarctica from space. I could not find an image of the space station. I also have at least 5 penguins from the German company that makes realistic plastic animals.


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