Sea Ice Extension for the Earth as a System Learning Activity

The purpose of this activity is to identify global patterns and connections in environmental data contained in the GLOBE Earth Systems Poster, to connect observations made within the Earth Systems Poster to data and information at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, and to understand the connections between solar energy and changes at the poles, including feedback related to albedo.

Go To:

Gary Randolph
GLOBE Program
Walt Meier
National Snow and Ice Data Center
SERC On The Cutting Edge Collection

Notes From Our Reviewers

The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials

Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Most of the activity is written in the assignment file

Activity focuses on 2007 sea ice minimum, so teacher will need to update activity with data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center or other sources.

Requires a substantial amount of teacher preparation to ensure students don't get lost in the material.

Install required software on school computers prior to doing activity to save time.