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Polar Mission - A Coded Message

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  • Biodôme
Students decode a message sent by our Research Department
Photo: Biodôme
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Description

Description of the activity

Students decode a message sent by our Research Department. A computer virus scrambled some of the words. There is a corrected version and questions to verify their understanding of the message, for teachers.

Equipment needed by the student

  • Copies of activity sheets
  • Crayons

Equipment necessary for the teacher

  • Printer

Preparation

Make enough copies of activity sheets, one for each child.

Refresher course

  • Ask students to tell you what a polar biologist does. (A person who studies creatures living in polar regions, i.e. the Arctic or Antarctic.)
  • Ask students which polar region is home to penguins, and which to auks. (Penguins live in the Antarctic or South Pole region, and auks live in the Arctic, or North Pole region.)
  • Ask students to name some animals living in the Labrador Coast ecosystem at the Biodôme (Atlantic puffin, black guillemot, common murre, razorbill auk and king eider).
  • Ask students to name some animals living in the Sub-Antarctic Islands ecosystem at the Biodôme (king penguin, gentoo penguin, rockhopper penguin and macaroni penguin).

Category of activity

  • Preparatory activity

Sub-category of activity

  • Class activity

Grade level

  • Elementary cycle two

Number of students per group

Individual activity

Duration

20 minutes

Activity Sheets

Polar Mission - A Coded Message[PDF - 62.38 KB - 1 page]

Schedules for teachers

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