Each group of 2-4 students will research an arctic topic from a list, build a small web page devoted to that topic, link the group’s page to other groups’ relevant pages, and advocate for change around an issue that is important to the topic.
Students will understand the complexity and vulnerability of Arctic ecosystems
Students will understand the current geopolitical and legal issues surrounding the opening of the Arctic Ocean due to climate change
Students will know the historical significance of the Northwest Passage
Students will understand the past traditions of the Inuit and the present challenges facing the Inuit
This assignment is intended for classes who have a specific reason to care about the Arctic – for instance, their teacher will soon visit the Arctic through the PolarTREC program, or an Arctic scientist/explorer has recently visited the school.
Read through the handout with students
Introduce the books and maps
Have each group draw a topic out of a hat
Assign and collect each group’s research notes
Assign and collect each group’s outline
Have the groups build and submit their web pages
Review and troubleshoot the pages – test the links
Have each group show off their site to the class
Grade the sites according to the rubric on the handout
Have each group identify a PolarTREC expedition/teacher that relates to their topic and use the “Ask the Team” feature on the PolarTREC web site to contact that teacher.
This assignment has been done by approximately a hundred 9th and 10th graders at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, CA.
A rubric for evaluating the web sites is included in the handout.
Michael Wing, wing [at] marin.k12.ca.us
Adapted from “How Cold is it?” Project Wild Curriculum (1990), State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Standards9-12 Content Standard F: Science In Personal and Social Perspectives: c. Natural resources d. Environmental quality e. Natural and human-induced hazards f. Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges
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