HomeDecember 2016Read and Walk to Antarctica

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-3-54-42-pmDear Elementary Schools, 

Show your support for our Antarctic Research Expedition by participating in the “Read and Walk to Antarctica” project!

This school-wide project challenges elementary students to read books or do physical activity that equates to the 8,000 mile (12,900 km) journey to the bottom of the world. Not only do students strengthen their bodies, but also their understanding of science, geography, technology, and healthy living.

Here’s how it works:

STEP 1: From January to March 2017, students dedicate time to “reading” and “moving” in support of the Antarctic Research Team’s incredible journey to the bottom of the world.  Teachers send home the Read and Walk Letter and Footprints (stapled together) with students to officially launch the project.


Read and Walk Letter

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    Read and Walk Footprints












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    STEP #2: Continue to follow A Fly on the Pole’s blog to learn about the research team’s travels and polar adventures.




STEP #3: Collect the students’ footprints to track their progress.


Crestwood Primary School created a wall display in the cafeteria.


Waypoints such as Dallas and Santiago help students track their progress.










STEP #4: When you reach your final goal (Palmer Station, Antarctica), REPLY to this blog post! Schools will receive special recognition from the Antarctic Research Team for their 8,00 mile accomplishment. We look forward to hearing from you!

For more details on the project, check out this feature article in NSTA’s Science and Children.


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