This activity engages learners in exploring the impact of climate change on arctic sea ice in the Bering Sea. They graph and analyze sea ice extent data, conduct a lab on thermal expansion of water, and then observe how a scientist collects long-term data on a bird population.

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Alaska SeaGrant
Alaska Seas and Rivers Curriculum

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

There is an easy link to a very comprehensive teacher background section. In the NSIDC sea ice index visual, teachers should make sure that students can read and understand the bits of critical information at the top of each visual and that the right-hand visual represents a baseline at the beginning of collecting time.

NSIDC sea ice index is updated here:

Also, Arctic Sea ice is tracked daily here at NSIDC: