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This activity explores the effect of melting ice on global systems. The lesson begins with the class viewing of a video designed to promote discussion on both the local and global effects of climate change. The class then divides into small groups for inquiry activities that include an experiment with melting ice and research into specific impacts. After completing the activities, groups present their findings to the entire class.
Seventeen videos, interactive exercises and audio files support the lesson and an outline is provided to support the melting ice experiment. Links offer opportunities for more in-depth research by advanced groups. Instructions to the teacher and guiding questions to promote discussion are included.
Excellent video and audio clips and interactive graphics are a key part of the resource. These provide a great source of background information, help clarify understanding and engage the learner.
Students are asked to consider why they should care if sea levels rise.
Excellent discussion questions leading students to consider why they should care.
It would be helpful if the teacher was provided with some assessment ideas in addition to the guiding questions that are made available. For example, a rubric which would help the teacher evaluate poster presentations would be valuable.
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives||Good|
Presents natural and anthropogenic sources of carbon dioxide. Also notes impacts on glaciers, water levels and communities.
Does not note other greenhouse gases.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives: |
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions||Good|
Resource examines the impact of greenhouse gases and global warming on ice, the impact of climate change on northern communities, the impacts of ocean currents. Economics are not discussed in monetary terms but there is reference to changes in ability to hunt. Multiple dimensions of solutions are not addressed in this resource.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions: |
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
|Respects Complexity||Very Good|
The activity does a good job of presenting many aspects of causes of greenhouse gases and impacts of climate change.
|Respects Complexity: |
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning||Satisfactory|
Suggests student may write a letter to a government body or local newspaper.
|Acting on Learning: |
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
Students are asked to consider how what happens in one place affects not only the local area and its inhabitants but also those in other parts of the world.
|Values Education: |
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans||Very Good|
Video of Inuit people involved in climate change research in their community is very well done. Students are asked to consider why they should care.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).|
|Personal Affinity with Earth||Poor/Not considered|
|Personal Affinity with Earth: |
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
This would be a very relevant activity for Arctic youth. Others are given an opportunity to connect with the north because the first video they see relates to the people in Sachs Harbour and viewers are asked to consider the effect of increased sea levels on their own community.
|Locally-Focused Learning: |
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future||Good|
The past is well presented with historical glacial and geologic considerations. The present condition and actions of glaciers is considered. The vision of the future sea levels is not necessarily positive.
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.|
|Open-Ended Instruction||Very Good|
Students view videos or participate in interactive lessons and reach their own conclusions from the evidence and concepts presented.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
|Integrated Learning||Very Good|
Students consider the science of glaciology, geology and meteorology and their interrelationships with climate change. They also consider the social and economic implications of rising water levels and climate change. This is done through the use of digital media. Oral and written communication are used in the poster sessions to report findings after discussion and research are done.
|Integrated Learning: |
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
|Inquiry Learning: |
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
Students learn the concepts by observing visual images and listening to narrative. There is an opportunity for the student to empathize with the Inuit. Websites are provided for in- depth understanding.
There are no suggestions for students with learning difficulties but the digital presentation of information makes it more accessable to all.
|Differentiated Instruction: |
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
|Experiential Learning: |
Authentic learning experiences are provided
|Cooperative Learning: |
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation||Satisfactory|
Teachers are told how far along to take discussions so that students will be ready for the next portion of the activity.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.|
|Peer Teaching: |
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
|Case Studies||Very Good|
Videos and interviews with people of Sachs Harbour.
|Case Studies: |
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control||Good|
Students choose a related topic for small group inquiry.
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.|