Date
Resource Type
Lesson
Region
Arctic
Antarctic
Completion Time
About 1 period
Grade
High school and Up
Permission
Download, Share, and Remix
Location
Huascarán Mountain, Peru
Organization or Publication
https://virtualice.byrd.osu.edu/huascaran/
Author(s)
Bridget Ward
Related Members
Materials
Student Worksheet (Lesson Materials)
Computers
VR Headset if available
Topic
Tools and Methods
Climate Change
Tools and Methods
Paleoscience
Climate Change
Tools and Methods
Snow and Ice Science
Paleoscience
Climate Change
Climate Change
Tools and Methods
Engineering Design
Climate Change
Environmental Studies
General Environmental Studies
Polar Science
General Polar Science
Polar Careers
General Polar Careers

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 field experience (link in Resources).
  4. Homework: Have students complete the design challenge. Building a model that keeps ice cubes from melting for 24 hours.

Extension

Have students analyze ice core “samples”.

Transferability

  • Virtual field experience can be completed in VR headset.
  • Ice cube challenge can be done in a smaller time period with specific materials.

Resources

Assessment

  • Completed worksheet
  • Ice cube challenge build

Author/Credits

Bridget Ward, PolarTREC Teacher 2019
Springfield Central High School
Springfield, MA
bridgetlward [at] yahoo.com

Standards
9-12
Standards Other

NGSS

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.

Polar Literacy

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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