Introducing the Virtual Resources Collection, a body of educational resources that can be used while teaching online or in a virtual situation. The Collection was developed due to the demand for online learning resources with an Arctic and/or Antarctica focus. Any suggestions on how to improve and/or adapt a particular resource to online teaching, please feel free to contact us at ARCUS, info [at] polartrec.com.

PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing (2013) practicing virtual teaching before the school year begins.
PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing (2013) practicing virtual teaching before the school year begins.

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Overview


Learn more about seasonal migrations of species around the world. These multidisciplinary hands-on activities focusing on art, observation, movement, and adventure. Resources can be used in formal and informal learning environments. All activities are designed to be possible as at-home/distanced activities.

Objectives


* Learners will understand the diverse forms of seasonal migration of animals.
* Learners will make connections

Informal Education Product
Arctic Antarctic
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All Aged
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Tiny Ice: Bits From Antarctica (a YouTube Series)

Overview


PolarTREC informal educator Jocelyn Argueta traveled to the South Pole in 2019 with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and Askaryan Radio Array Expedition. She created a YouTube series Tiny Ice: Bits from Antarctica to highlight the travel, science, and life at the South Pole, both in English and Spanish. In this 10-part

Informal Education Product
Antarctic
Less than 1 period
All Aged
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Descripción General


La educadora informal de PolarTREC, Jocelyn Argueta, viajó al Polo Sur en 2019 con el Observatorio IceCube Neutrino y la Expedición Askaryan Radio Array. Creó una serie de YouTube Hielo Pequeño: Pedazos de la Antártida para explicar el viaje, la ciencia y la vida en el Polo Sur, tanto en inglés como en español. En esta serie

Informal Education Product
Antarctic
Less than 1 period
All Aged
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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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On Monday, October 12, 2020, the German Research Vessel Polarstern sailed back into its homeport after completing a remarkable expedition to the Arctic Ocean. This day marked the end of the fieldwork portion of the 2019-2020 MOSAiC expedition in which hundreds of scientists from around the world spent a year in the Arctic gathering important climate datasets.

Now a Virtual

Video
Arctic
All Aged
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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

Lesson
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

Lesson
Antarctic
Less than 1 period
All Aged
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Overview

This lesson introduces students to the impacts of increasing ocean temperatures on marine life. Through this kinesthetic activity, students will learn more about marine ectotherms and what researchers in Antarctica have learned so far about how increasing temperature in Antarctic waters will affect their growth. Through the elaborate section of the activity students will connect what they learned about

Lesson
Antarctic
Less than a week
Middle School and Up
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Overview


This is a STEM-based lesson that can be taught in class or online. Students will analyze Weddell seal pup growth data, collected by the Growing Up on Ice, B-030, research team. To use this lesson virtually, include the data cards and have students either construct graphs and upload an image of their graph, or construct a graph and share

Lesson
Antarctic
About 1 period
High school and Up
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Overview

Students will engage in a virtual field experience on Huascarán Mountain in Peru, learning about how ice cores are collected and stored.

Lesson Preparation

Refer to Lesson Materials

* Copies of Worksheets
* Computers for students

Procedure


1. Read National Geographic Encyclopedia Entry Paleoclimatology and answer questions
2. Watch video Recovering Ice Cores (link in Resources).
3. Complete virtual

Lesson
Arctic Antarctic
About 1 period
High school and Up
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Overview

For this activity, the students are going to draw on their own knowledge and experience with weather to predict the current temperatures around the world and then compare their predictions with real-time weather data from selected locations around the world. The students will then be provided with several factors that affect both daily changes in temperature and climatological temperature

Lesson
Antarctic
More than a week
High school and Up
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Overview: Bacteria Modeling

Objectives


Students will understand what bacteria look like with a model they create. They will also learn vocabulary associated with bacteria.

Lesson Preparation

  1. KWL of a Microbiologist: knows (K), wants to know (W), and has learned (L)
  2. Read book "What are Bacteria, Viruses, and Fungi?" by Tripti Nainwal Pages 2 & 3
    3
Lesson
Arctic
Less than 1 period
Elementary and Up
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Overview

Students learn about what type of polar animals live in the Arctic.

Objectives

Students understand the relationships between various trophic levels within the Arctic tundra.

Lesson Preparation

Prepare a picture sign for each of the organisms in the food web.

Procedure

  1. KWL Chart on Polar Scientist: knows (K), wants to know (W), and has learned (L).
  2. Read
Lesson
Arctic
About 1 period
Elementary and Up
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Overview


The main objective of this activity is to increase ocean literacy. Users will be exposed to the Ocean Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. This information is combined with other open educational resources, including streamed in YouTube videos.

Objectives


This online activity integrates the Ocean Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts created by the ocean sciences and education communities. The learning

Lesson
Arctic
About 1 period
High school and Up
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Overview


The main objective of this activity is to increase climate and weather literacy. Users will be exposed to The Essential Principles & 12 Key Messages about Climate Science established by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. This information is combined with other open educational resources, including streamed in YouTube videos.

Objectives


In this online activity that integrates the www.globalchange.gov

Lesson
About 1 period
High school and Up
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Overview

NASA's Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the Polar Regions with the global climate system. IceBridge uses a specialized fleet of aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of science instruments ever assembled to gather data on sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets. The data gathered today will allow future scientists

Lesson
Arctic
About 1 period
High school and Up
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Overview

NASA's Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the Polar Regions with the global climate system. IceBridge uses a specialized fleet of aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of science instruments ever assembled to gather data on sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets. The data gathered today will allow future scientists

Lesson
Arctic
About 1 period
High school and Up
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Overview

This lesson was written for the 2012 Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Workshop and was inspired by the research work conducted off the coast of Barrow, Alaska by researchers Steve Okonnen and Patricia Yager with PolarTREC teachers Lollie Garay and Chantelle Rose. Students will engage in a series of exercises to investigate seasonal change in the Arctic ecosystem based on authentic

Lesson
Arctic
About a week
Middle School and Up
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Overview


This lesson answers the question: How does ice floating on the ocean act as it melts?

Objective


* Students will learn about temperature, salinity and their effect on density.

* Students will learn that ocean currents are caused by differences in densities as a result of temperature and salinity. These differences allow ocean currents to circulate water

Lesson
Arctic
About 1 period
Elementary and Up
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Overview


This versatile activity was inspired by my own Antarctic voyage (Lollie Garay, Oden Expedition 07) and The Amazing Race. As my students followed the journey through the Antarctic Seas on a USGS map, I realized what a great opportunity this was for them to "see" where I was in a part of the world so foreign to us

Lesson
Antarctic
Middle School and Up
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Overview


Using photos from a variety of websites, including the PolarTREC and SCINI websites, students will identify organisms to phylum and/or class level (e.g. polychaetes, starfish, brittle stars, sponges) and then research the primary foods that these organisms eat. They will then develop a simple food web for these organisms.

Objective


1. Students will identify eight to ten

Lesson
Antarctic
Less than a week
Middle School and Up
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Overview


Few people are familiar with the fascinating stories that Arctic and Antarctic explorers have to share. Students will research an explorer and create a dangling string with key information and highlights from the expedition(s) of that explorer.

Objective


To learn about polar explorers and polar expeditions.

Preparation


Gather needed materials. Have the explorers' information and photos

Activity
Arctic
About 1 period
Middle School and Up
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Overview


Learners from 6th – 12th grade will investigate different science projects in Antarctica through the PolarTREC and the USAP websites. They will then make a short PowerPoint (or similar) presentation to the rest of the class. Learners can work independently or in small groups.

Objective

Students will become familiar with the wide variety of science that occurs

Lesson
Antarctic
Less than a week
Middle School and Up
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