On the Rise

In this 60-minute interactive demonstration, students use ice blocks and heat lamps to model what will happen to coastlines around the world as glaciers melt. They explore why glaciers are melting as a consequence of global warming and how human activity has added to the amount of warming.

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Lunar and Planetary Institute
Universities Space Research Association

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Instructors may want to consider letting students set up their own models in groups to make this lesson more hands-on.

An instructor could easily incorporate more connections to the scientific process within this activity.

The educator should be cautious about connecting this activity with too much discussion around the problems associated with sea level rise to avoid overwhelming students with problems they have no control over (at this age). See [link https://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/tools/resources_families.html#climate 'CLEAN's Tips for Talking About Climate Change With Kids'] for more guidance.

[link https://serc.carleton.edu/resources/57934.html 'Catching a Heat Wave'] may be incorporated into this activity.