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PolarTREC Learning Resources are a collection of scientific and educational materials compiled by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), and made available to anyone who is interested in teaching or learning more about the science of the Arctic and Antarctica.

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Overview

In this lesson, students will conduct an investigation to discover how the behavior of hermit crabs change as water temperature changes.

Goals

Students will understand and practice the steps of a science investigation through an investigation about hermit crabs’ reaction to changing ocean temperature. Students will understand that as ocean temperatures increase some animals will adapt and some will

Lesson
Antarctic
Less than a week
Elementary and Up
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Objectives


Students will be able to:

* Analyze graphical data to draw conclusions
* Compare and contrast the chemical structures of nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide
* Explain how differences in the structure of nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide lead to differences in their reactivity and functions as a greenhouse gas
* Argue how changing shrubbery impacts climate change

Lesson
Arctic
Middle School and Up
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Objectives

Students will be able to:

* Graph, analyze, and predict data
* Develop claim, evidence, and reasoning
* Explain how permafrost is made, current conditions, and its impacts on climate and humans

Preparation


* This lesson plan can be taught either in the classroom or virtually online. Instructions on how to teach both ways are given in the Procedure

Lesson
Arctic
Middle School and Up
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Overview

This lesson will provide students with an opportunity to design and carry out an experiment that mimics the conditions causing accelerated ice melt along the face of the Thwaites Glacier off the southwest coast of Antarctica. Created by Sarah Slack during her expedition to Thwaites aboard the icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer, this activity aligns with the Science and Engineering

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Antarctic
About 1 period
Elementary and Up
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Overview

This lesson about the factors affecting water density in the Amundsen Sea was developed by educator Sarah Slack during her PolarTREC expedition aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer icebreaker. Part of the science mission was to create a detailed map of the seafloor at the face of the Thwaites Glacier, which revealed a series of channels that were conducting a

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Antarctic
Less than 1 period
All Aged
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