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POLAR I.C.E. Interactive Climate Education: Curriculum & Education Activities

These activities have been developed through a series of research and outreach initiatives that are ongoing. Each activity has been tested through teacher workshops, classroom work or community events. Activities focus on the evidence of climate change in the polar regions  merging background science, real field data, graphics from research publications, and a lab, introducing students to a variety of science concepts and resources. Please check back regularly for new updates! Activities are uploaded as pdfs unless otherwise noted.

ACTIVITY:

TEACHERS

STUDENTS

MEASURING CHANGING SEA LEVEL

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This activity is based on real data. We use map based data visualizations and charts to introduce students to sea level through Earth's history.

* Download the fully Annotated Teacher Version of the Student Activity with teaching notes and anticipated student responses. Accompanies pdf or ppt.

* A background piece on why the polar regions are so important in studying climate change and predicting future sea level rise.

Sea Level has changed throughout Earth's history as water from the oceans freezes into icesheets during Earth's cold periods, then melting back to into the oceans during warmer periods. Scientists collect Earth measurements to examine climate & sea level in the past, present and to predict the future.

* Download the Student Activity Sheet.View the pdf or ppt and complete the Activity Sheet.

* Share and Discuss in teams with your classmates.

4 SEA LEVEL RISE ACTIVITIES TO TRY!

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1) The Hydrosphere - The Oceans Connect Us All!

2) The Cryosphere - Just How Much Ice Is There?

3) Geologic Time - Time Traveling With Sea Level

4) Using Data - Predicting Future Sea Level

 

1) The Hydrosphere: Focus on the connection between water in ocean reservoirs and frozen ice sheets.

2) The Cryosphere: Focus on sheer ice volume in the polar regions.

3) Geologic Time: Considering Sea Level in the geologic timescale.

4) Using Data: Examining tide data and the IPCC report predictions to form our own predictions about the future.

LET'S TALK STEM CAREERS!

icepod

Full Activity for Teachers

* Download Teaching Notes

* A complete set of the career write ups if you want to print them for student teams.

* This activity has both individual and team pieces.

 

 

Full Activity for Students

The icePod Project Team uses Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) daily. This activity focuses on their different careers and the STEM skills each uses in performing of their jobs.

* Download the Student Activity Sheet and click on each image to learn about these STEM careers.

* Download the Careers Activity Worksheet and work in teams with your classmates to complete it.

PINE ISLAND GLACIER A 'CLIMATE CANARY'?

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Teacher Activities Set

Activity uses real NASA ICESat data to measure glacier change. Students examine the effect of a warming ocean and the role of ice shelves in ocean terminating glaciers. Includes engagement activity, background ppt, worksheet and 2 labs that test hypotheses and gather measurements on glacier processes.

Teacher Set - Fully Annotated Teacher Version with teaching notes and anticipated student responses. Lab 1 and Lab 2 with teacher notes. Teacher pdf of ppt and a copy of the glacier grid for the lab set up.

Complete set of all student activity pieces -

  • Engagement Activity Students race against Earth's fastest glaciers!
  • PPT background for students (with teacher notes) in 2 formats: pptx* ppt * (~7MB file)
  • Fast facts about P.I.G.
  • Student Activity - P.I.G.responds to climate
  • Lab 1 - observation- encourages students to develop and test hypothesis for the ice sheet behavior,
  • Lab 2 measurement - match student data to the real glacier to compare the two systems.
  • Glacier Goo recipe needed for the engagement and the two lab activities

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PINE ISLAND GLACIER

PIG

Supplementary Files:

For examining a full set of data fromtransect 279 OR for running a comparison with a second transect 362. Full data sets are provided.

Full PIG Data File 279 (excel file) & Full PIG Data File 362 (excel file) for graphing (>600 data pts.)

 

Breakdown by grade:

Elementary: For 3rd- 5th grades the Engagment Activity can be used as a stand alone piece to introduce glacier movement.

Middle School (MS):Start with Engagment Activity, then match the pptx* ppt* with the fast facts to introduce the science & chart the IceSat data. Next do Lab 1 on observations. Doing Lab 2 has a math focus and will depend on your student group.

High School: This group can do it all or start withpptx* ppt*and do the Student Activity, Lab 1 and Lab 2.

REMOTE SENSING

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Best Used For Upper Level Middle School & High School

Data Files for 3D graphinc (xls) or (xlsx). Paper for hand graphing.

3 D image comparison

 

Using Radar to look through the ice - It is hard to believe that melting ice from Greenland and Antarctica could affect sea levels around the world, but increasing amounts of polar ice are sliding from land into the world's oceans. Knowing what is under the ice helps scientists predict how glaciers will move. How do we look under the ice?

 

UPPER LEVEL DATA

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Upper Level High School & Undergraduate

Note: This activity requires experience working with large datasets in excel

Impacts of Climate on Pine Island Glacier - Is this Antarctic Glacier Losing Height? In this activity High School or Undergraduate students will analyze authentic ice sheet elevation data from the Pine Island Glacier (PIG) and then develop ‘hands-on’ models to support their hypothesis for the ice sheet behavior. (being modified)

PIG Data File 279 (excel file) - PIG Data File 362 (excel file) - Glacier Goo

PROJECT

IPY AGAP Antarctic Project

Activities developed as part of IPY polar education including using remote sensing data to travel through Antarctica, journey to the bottom of the Earth with two young scientists & exploring the impact of climate change on the ice sheets.

VISUALIZING DATA

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Elementary - Directed

Middle Student - Teams of two

High School - Independent Work

*Using Satellite Data in Education- the strength of data exploration * Teacher version of the Activity (pdf) with answers & detail on age appropriate exploration

 

Visualizing Data - Antarctic Radar Data to identify features & locate subglacial lakes - Navigating the data set (also needed)

Computer Lab - The use of remote sensing data is used extensively in understanding our planet. This activity introduces students to the Mosaic of Antarctica data set of satellite images collected by the MODIS instrument (Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) http://planet.sr.unh.edu/MOA/

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE INTERACTIVE

Beth and Adrienne

Middle School - 6th through 8th

This is a complete set of activities covering a wide range of topics including: Subglacial lakes, thickness of the ice sheet, sea level rise, field based sciences.

Adrienne and Beth's Wild and Crazy Adventure at the Bottom of the Earth! Follow Adrienne and Beth on their journey to the most remote place on Earth and see if you can help them solve the many puzzles that they face while they are there! Students apply science and math concepts while they join these young scientists in an interactive web based adventure.

HOW MUCH ICE IS IN THE ICE SHEETS?

Sea Level Rise

 

Can Be Used With All Ages
Climate Change: Why do the Poles Matter?...water, water, water. There are 3 big ice sheets on Earth: Greenland, West Antarctica, East Antarctica. If they melted entirely sea level everywhere would rise. Each ice sheet holds the following amounts of sea level rise trapped in ice: Greenland 24 feet; West Antarctic 19 feet; East Antarctica 170. This is a total of 213 feet of sea level rise all over the world! But what does this really mean?

PROJECT PolarWeekendlogo

IPY Polar Weekends Project

Hands on science exploration of shrinking Arctic sea ice, mountains hidden under the ice, use an ice core to travel through history, effects of rising sea level, explore Antarctica's dry valleys, lakes and water that moves under the ice!

POLAR WEEKEND INTERACTIVE SCIENCE

polarfair

Middle School to High School Polar Weekend Activities - A series of Hands on activities on polar topics that will inform and engage students on polar topics from Sea Ice, Sea Level Rise, Climate Change, Ice Cores, Native Populations. Can be used with any age but are best for Middle School and High School students.


   
       
   
 
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