Students will engage in a virtual field experience on Huascarán Mountain in Peru, learning about how ice cores are collected and stored.
Refer to Lesson Materials
- Copies of Worksheets
- Computers for students
- Read National Geographic Encyclopedia Entry Paleoclimatology and answer questions
- Watch video Recovering Ice Cores (link in Resources).
- Complete virtual field experience (link in Resources).
- Homework: Have students complete the design challenge. Building a model that keeps ice cubes from melting for 24 hours.
Have students analyze ice core “samples”.
- Virtual field experience can be completed in VR headset.
- Ice cube challenge can be done in a smaller time period with specific materials.
- Paleoclimatology Encylopedia Entry https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/paleoclimatology-RL/
- Recovering Ice cores video
- Ice Core Virtual tour https://virtualice.byrd.osu.edu/huascaran/
- Completed worksheet
- Ice cube challenge build
Bridget Ward, PolarTREC Teacher 2019 Springfield Central High School Springfield, MA bridgetlward [at] yahoo.com
HS-ESS3-5 HS-LS2-7 Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering) Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering). Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.
2A-1: Land ice includes glaciers and ice sheets made from compacted snow (freshwater). Glaciers and ice sheets can extend over the ocean. Ice sheets that extend over the ocean are called ice shelves. 7C: Piecing together historical data recorded by early explorers with ice cores and sediment cores gives scientists an understanding of natural history.
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