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South Pole Expedition for Kids and NIE

NIE LogoThe South Pole Expedition for Kids curriculum package developed by Newspaper in Education at The Hamilton Spectator will provide a number of Comprehensive Literacy Activities including Shared Reading Activities based on coverage of the expedition that will appear in The Hamilton Spectator as well as on a variety of associated websites. Each Shared Reading Activity has an instructional focus and highlights a strategy that enhances student comprehension. Shared Reading Response activities are also provided. These relate to the instructional focus presented in the Shared Reading Activities and reinforce student understanding of the featured article(s).

Both the Shared Reading Activities and Shared Reading Responses relate to overall expectations of the Ontario curriculum for grades 4-8. Although the primary focus is on developing literacy skills, many of the activities and responses link to various aspects of Social Studies, History/Geography, Science, Physical Education and Health.

In addition, there are two recommended activities for students to complete each day:

  • Daily Response: Classes can generate a list of relevant questions they would like to pose to the adventurers. Responses will be provided by expedition members and/or Spectator staff and will be posted on an interactive web module specially designed for this trek by The Spectator.
  • Daily Journal Entry: Students create a brief journal entry identifying significant daily occurrences based on information provided in The Hamilton Spectator and/or four websites dedicated to providing information about the expedition (Journey to the South Pole at,, and

A writing/creative expression contest is also included in this Newspaper in Education program. The Spectator invites students to submit material they create during and/or after the trek to the South Pole for possible publication on The Spectator’s website.

  • Week 1 of the NIE program (December 1-5) will utilize material published in The Hamilton Spectator – registered classrooms will receive delivery of 15 copies of the newspaper on each of these days. Newspapers are provided at no charge thanks to sponsorship from Pioneer Petroleums. Coverage will include in part, a retrospective of the trek to the North Pole, a primer on the environmental, weather and wildlife conditions awaiting the team at the South Pole, preparing for the trek (physical, mental, dietary, economic and technological challenges of the trip), and a profile of expedition leader Doug Stoup (one of the foremost Arctic adventurers in the world).
  • Week 2 of the NIE program (December 8 -12) will utilize material found on the websites referenced above. These websites contain in part, background information, profiles of expedition team members, historical and geographical facts about Antarctica and maps highlighting the progress of the team.

Newspaper in Education at The Hamilton Spectator gratefully acknowledges that Pioneer Petroleums has provided the support to make this program possible.

Pioneer LogoPioneer is very pleased to be a part of the South Pole for Kids Expedition – This is a great opportunity for our local area school children to learn about their planet, their environment and how they are connected to the greater whole, through interactively participating in the “South Pole for Kids Expedition”. Best of luck with this campaign and we look forward to following your journey in real time via internet postings and satellite phone calls.

Geoff Hogarth
Director of Marketing – Pioneer Petroleums