This 5E lesson on glaciers opens with a clip from Ice Age and a demonstration of glacial melt involving ice cubes on various surfaces. For the Exploration, students execute experiments to model environmental conditions on glacial melt through using flubber, concluding with a webquest to connect these concepts to glaciers and changes in climate overall. Next, students graph […]
NGSS Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Students will explore the history, climate, and ecosystem of Antarctica as they access various documents and real scientific data collected by researchers during field experiences along the West Antarctic Peninsula. Significant events in Antarctic Exploration, Research, Technology, and Policy will be discussed and relevant concepts and principles relevant to climate and polar literacy standards will […]
The use of technology is critical in studying Humpback whales. Students will explore the use of tagging technologies in the research being conducted in the southern ocean around Antarctica. Students will simulate this tagging data in the classroom and will need to analyze, model, and interpret their data.
This lesson allows students to access personal narratives of marine scientists talking about the equipment that they use to study the ocean and the data that they collected. Students will use a VoiceThread with short scientist videos and pictures of their data to deepen their understanding of the process of science.
The lesson incorporates the Polar Literacy Standards with Polar Ice Data Stories (data from scientists in polar regions) as a game that culminates with student creation of a research project that is voted on for funding by their peers. Students will investigate differences between Arctic and Antarctic regions through game questions and analyze data provided […]
What does the color of the water tell you about conditions in marine and freshwater environments? What are the variables that affect that color? In this lesson students will participate in a variety of activities that allows them to brainstorm what impacts the color of our global water. They will perform research, analyse graphs and […]
Underwater gliders used by scientists are the future of oceanic exploration. Follow the steps in this mini-unit to learn about data collected off the coast of Antarctica and how science and technology blend to collect data where humans cannot venture. Students will also engage in an engineering design challenge to assist scientists as they continue […]
This project will introduce students to current research being conducted in the Arctic, through the work of Dr. Hill at Old Dominion University. The WARM research project aims to collect light intensity and temperature measurements under the Arctic ice pack to determine the link between light penetration and surface ocean warming. In this lesson students […]
“Hot issues, such as climate change may not be subjects of contention within the scientific community, but it seems clear that the science is not being communicated in a way that has the necessary impact. Although art cannot directly communicate science or change minds, it can create a space for dialogue around difficult issues.” (Kieniewicz) […]
This lesson is designed to give students a “hands-on” experience with working with big data sets from chemical oceanography gathered by research cruises in order to help answer the question: Are the oceans changing over time? Students will be using data from the GLODAPv2 data sets. Students will be extracting, plotting and analyzing ocean data […]
In this lesson, students will be using the BLAST tool to compare mitochondrial DNA samples from unknown whale species to known sequences. Prior to this activity, students should have learned about cellular structures and DNA structure and function. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) may be a new concept for many students, since biology classes primarily focus their […]
This project will introduce students to the Long Term Ecological Sites (LTER) https://lternet.edu. This project is very open ended, so teachers can allocate as much class time as their students need. After exploring the various sites during a class period, students will choose a specific site and create a research question to explore based on […]