About this Daily Classroom Special
an interactive site using the cold of winter as the focus of
interdisciplinary activities. WinterWeb was written by Lottie
teacher at Lawton
Chiles Middle School,
in Miami, Florida and former Teachers Network web mentor.
Peary, Matthew Henson, and four Polar Eskimos were the first
people to make it to the North Pole.
As seen in
Activity 3, there are many explorers who have contributed to the
information we now have about the North Pole. Two more, the most
famous of the North Pole explorers, will be investigated in this
The students will use Internet search techniques to learn
about the journey(s) made by Rear
Admiral Robert E. Peary and Matthew Alexander Henson to the North
The students will build
writing skills after completing the three exercises following the
Activity 4 Reading Assignment.
Council for Social Studies
III - People, Places, & Environments
with Internet access
of the Activity 4 Reading Worksheet
the location of the North Pole with the students.
investigations they have made about the explorers of the North
of the Activity
4 Reading Worksheet.
This sheet has a reading passage from which you can formulate
questions, as well as extension exercises at the end. Have
students read the passage to become familiar with Robert Edwin
Peary and Matthew Alexander Henson.
Discuss the two
explorers, making sure to note that Henson was the first
African-American explorer to reach the North Pole. You can even
add a bit of history by discussing the role of blacks in
America during the late 1800s - early 1900s.
Have the students
use the Internet to complete the three exercises after the reading.
Students can then give oral reports on their
to the Winter Web HomePage
Inuit/Eskimo - learn about this Arctic
of the Iniut - learn about the language of the Inuit people and write
a message in Inuktitut
Voyages - a ThinkQuest site created by
students devoted to historical voyages. Visit the voyages link
to the North Pole.
Your Sledge - what would you take on a voyage by
sledge? Do you agree with the creator's choices? Why did you
choose what you did?