Graphing the Extent of Sea Ice in the Arctic and Antarctic
. Windows to the Universe. Grades 6-12. http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/graphs/teach_sea_ice_extent.html
. In this activity, students learn about sea ice extent in both polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic). They start out by forming a hypothesis on the variability of sea ice, testing the hypothesis by graphing real data from a recent 3-year period to learn about seasonal variations and over a 25-year period to learn about longer-term trends, and finish with a discussion of their results and predictions. Whither Arctic Sea Ice?
Earth Exploration Toolbook . Grades 6-12. http://serc.carleton.edu/eet/seaice/index.html
. In this Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter, students work with real datasets to investigate a real situation regarding disappearing Arctic sea ice. The case study has students working side-by-side with a scientist from the National Snow and Ice Data Center and an Inuit community in Manitoba. Sea Level Rise
. Geophysical Institute of University of Fairbanks . Grades 6-12. http://www.arcticclimatemodeling.org/lessons/acmp/acmp_912_ClimateChange_MappingSeaLevelRise.pdf
. In this activity, students will learn the difference between sea ice and glaciers in relation to sea level rise. They will create and explore topographic maps as a means of studying sea level rise and how it will affect Alaska's coastline. Global Climate and Sea Level Rise
. California Academy of Sciences. Grades 6-8. http://www.calacademy.org/teachers/resources/lessons/global-climate-change-and-sea-level-rise/
. In this activity, students will practice the steps involved in a scientific investigation as they learn why ice formations on land (and not those on water) will cause a rise in sea level upon melting. This is a discovery lesson in ice and water density and displacement of water by ice floating on the surface as it relates to global climate change. Eyewitnesses to Change
. Smithsonian-National Museum of Natural History. Grades 6-8. http://forces.si.edu/arctic/pdf/ACT%201_EYEWITNESS.pdf
. Students explore recent changes in the Arctic's climate that have been observed and documented by indigenous Arctic residents. Students watch a video, take notes, and create a concept map. Students also examine and graph historical weather data and indigenous data for an Arctic community. Students explain why natives are critical observers. Glaciers Then and Now
. Windows to the Universe. Grades 6-8. http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/teach_glacier.html
. In this activity, students compare two photographs (with time spans of 30-100 years between photos) of specific Alaskan glaciers to observe how glaciers have changed over the time interval. Activity is a good kickoff for learning about glaciology - how and why glaciers form, grow and shrink, and their relation to climate change. Google Earth Tours of Glacier Change
. SERC-On the Cutting Edge Collection. Grades 9-12. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/climatechange/activities/21214.html
. A detailed Google Earth tour of glacier change over the last 50 years is given in class as an introduction. Students are then asked to select from a group of glaciers and create their own Google Earth tour exploring key characteristics and evident changes in that glacier. Is Greenland Melting?
Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter from SERC. Grades 9-12. http://serc.carleton.edu/eet/greenlandmelt/index.html
. Data-centric activity where students explore the connections between an observable change in the cryosphere and its potential impact in the hydrosphere and atmosphere. Students analyze the melt extents on the Greenland ice sheet from 1992-2003. Students also learn about how scientists collect the data. March of the Polar Bears: Global Change, Sea Ice, and Wildlife Migration.
My NASA Data Lesson Plans. Grades 6-12. http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/preview_lesson.php?&passid=90
. Students use NASA satellite data to study changes in temperature and snow-ice coverage in the South Beaufort Sea, Alaska. They will then correlate the data with USGS ground tracking of polar bears and relate their findings to global change, sea ice changes, and polar bear migration and survival. Global Climate Change: The Effects of Global Warming
. Teachers’ Domain. Grades 9-12. http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/ess05.sci.ess.watcyc.lp_global2/
. The activity follows a progression that examines the CO2 content of various gases, explores the changes in the atmospheric levels of CO2 from 1958 to 2000 from the Mauna Loa Keeling curve, and the relationship between CO2 and temperature over the past 160,000 years. This provides a foundation for examining individuals' input of CO2 to the atmosphere and how to reduce it. Global Warming Webquest
. Marian Koshland Science Museum – National Academy of Science. Grades 6-12. http://www.koshland-science-museum.org/teachers/wq-gw-gd001.jsp
. In this Webquest activity, students assume roles of scientist, business leader, or policy maker. The students then collaborate as part of a climate action team and learn how society and the environment might be impacted by global warming. They explore the decision making process regarding issues of climate change, energy use, and available policy options. Student teams investigate how and why climate is changing and how humans may have contributed to these changes. Upon completion of their individual tasks, student teams present their findings and make recommendations that address the situation.