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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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Antarctic ecosystems are undergoing change at unprecedented levels. In this lesson, students will use real data to evaluate the effect of climate change on Antarctic fish. Denise Hardoy created this lesson plan after joining Dr. Anne Todgham’s team studying Antarctic Fish Development Under Future Ocean Conditions in October/November of 2019.

Objectives

  • Given data sets, graphs, videos, and
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Arctic Antarctic
About a week
Middle School and Up
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Overview

Denise Hardoy created this resource after spending five weeks embedded with Dr. Anne Todgham’s team studying the effects of climate change on Antarctic fishes in 2019. This lesson addresses one of the most difficult aspects of science for students - making sense of data.

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Success Criteria

* Given a graph, students will write an analysis paragraph of a

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Antarctic
Middle School and Up
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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

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Antarctic
Less than a week
Elementary and Up
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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

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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

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Arctic
Middle School and Up
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