March of the Polar Bears: Global Change, Sea Ice, and Wildlife Migration

In this activity 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.

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Venugopal Bhat
NASA - My NASA Data Lesson Plans

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Students may need help navigating the access site. Providing students with some screenshots of the steps in the procedure section may be helpful.

Younger students may need better scaffolding to guide them in analyzing data.

Activity could be extended to look at other species.

Be aware that the video from WWF might be biased - possibly discuss the advocacy standpoint behind the video with the students.