Extreme Ice

In this activity, students investigate how scientists monitor changes in Earth's glaciers, ice caps, and ice sheets. The activity is linked to 2009 PBS Nova program entitled Extreme Ice.

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Margy Kuntz
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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Instructors may want to move the student reading in Step 1 "All About Glaciers" and make it a reference for students for their research on the Internet, Step 4.

Create worksheets or scaffolded guides for students to help them conduct more targeted research.

Consider having students work in groups during the Internet research component.

Provide age-appropriate Internet sites for research (Step 4).
Distribute the rubric for the presentations to students ahead of time.

This activity is an opportunity to discuss the process of science and how to vet for quality of research and information.

Other supplemental activities to aid student understanding of glacial processes include the PhET Glaciers Interactive http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/glaciers] and the ANDRILL collection of hands-on experiences [http://www.andrill.org/flexhibit/flexhibit/materials/activities/index.html.