Climate Change and Arctic Ecosystems

Individual choices every day affect climate change and have an impact not just on your environment, but on the world! The second activity in the series of four has scholars continue to analyze data (temperatures, precipitation, and Arctic sea ice areas) to determine how the Arctic climate may be changing. Using all of their new knowledge, groups create a brochure explaining how climate change is affecting the Arctic and what people can do to help.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pairs or groups complete the Explore and Explain portion and then discuss answers as a class; then allow them to move into the Extend portion so teachers know all groups possess the correct information
Classroom Considerations

  • Resource contains the teacher directions
  • Activity best fits eighth graders and above
  • The link to the sea ice melting video does not work; use this one: http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/arctic/what_we_do/climate/
Pros

  • Analysis of graphs throughout the activity requires higher order thinking skills
  • Explaining how the Arctic climate may be changing based upon their data analysis is at the evaluate level of thinking
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS