North Pole Solo 2004


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Wave Vidmar

Wave Vidmar
1st American to attempt a solo unsupported expedition to the North Pole

The only place that success comes before work...

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Two lucky classrooms will have an opportunity to talk with Wave live from the North Pole via satellite phone!!!
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Students will improve reading, writing and communication skills.

Discussion Questions:

  • 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 programs?

Suggested Activities:

  1. Read the biographical information about Wave Vidmar. Or, read a biography about another famous explorer and then write a report telling others what you learned.
  2. 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?
  3. Define the term "explorer." Then, use the newspaper to identify and read about local people who are considered adventurers or explorers.
  4. 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 or adventurer.
  5. Write letters inviting explorers from your  local community to visit your classroom and share their stories.
  6. 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."
  7. Produce an "Explorer Hall of Fame" bulletin board at your school; or, publish the information on a website.
  8. 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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