Svalbard Islands and Our Community

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The LeConte glacier, located in Alaska, has retreated 2.5 miles over the last 80 years. Through an inquiry-based activity, individuals analyze glaciers found throughout the world and their changes over time. They then measure a model of a glacier experiencing global warming (melting) and, through an analysis of data, relate these changes and their data to global warming.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Pair with a geography teacher and include where glaciers are studied for cross-curricular learning; for science, activity best fits in unit on global warming or greenhouse effect
  • Project historical images of glaciers around the world and have pupils discuss and compare to images of the same glaciers today
  • Before beginning, show your class where the Svalbard Islands are located
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity includes a slideshow; teachers will need to copy and place into PowerPoint or other software
  • Teachers will need to create mini-glaciers for each class or groups ahead of time so they can freeze; materials listed are for one mini-glacier, so adjust the materials as needed
  • Some questions and sentences on slides have incorrect wording that teachers will need to fix
  • Activity includes directions and information for teachers for each slide
  • Resource is written for the 5E model and includes great images, questions, and potential answers
  • None
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