1st American to attempt a solo unsupported
expedition to the North Pole
Talk to Wave Live
classrooms will have an opportunity to talk with Wave live from
the North Pole via satellite phone!!!
Students will improve reading,
writing and communication skills.
- How important is it for real-world
explorers to be good writers or communicators?
- What kind of information should Wave
include in his reports and dispatches?
- In what ways are scientific journals
different than personal diaries?
- In what ways are
non-fictional biographies similar to modern day "reality" TV
- Read the biographical
Wave Vidmar. Or, read a biography about another famous
explorer and then write a report telling others what you
- Ask students to write a short essay that answers the
question: Would you want to travel to the North Pole by
yourself? Why or why not?
- Define the term "explorer." Then, use the newspaper to
identify and read about local people who are considered
adventurers or explorers.
- Discuss what these people are doing and what they seeking.
Then, divide students into groups. Ask them to create a list
of the personality traits and skills needed to be an explorer
- Write letters inviting explorers from your local
community to visit your classroom and share their stories.
- Create an "Explorer Hall of Fame." Interview your friends,
family or neighbors to find out who they think should be in
the "Explorer Hall of Fame."
- Produce an "Explorer Hall of Fame" bulletin board at your
school; or, publish the information on a website.
- Explorers often keep detailed journals describing the
things that they observe along the way. Have students pretend
they are explorers visiting from another planet and instruct
them to keep a journal of their observations.
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