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Energy and the Polar Environment - Issue 7, October 2008
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This issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, ... More

This issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, explores the Sun's role in warming Earth, the albedo (reflectivity) of Earth's diverse surfaces, and how the decline of Arctic sea ice is affecting Earth's energy balance. Science lessons introduce the concepts of solar energy, reflection, and absorption to elementary students. The issue also includes an overview of the natural resources and energy sources found in the polar regions as well as lessons that allow students to develop the concepts of natural resources, energy sources, and energy efficiency. Less

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Social Sciences
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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The Ohio State University
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Environments and Ecosystems
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Students explore the biosphere and its associated environments and ecosystems in the ... More

Students explore the biosphere and its associated environments and ecosystems in the context of creating a model ecosystem, learning along the way about the animals and resources. Students investigate different types of ecosystems, learn new vocabulary, and consider why a solid understanding of one's environment and the interdependence of an ecosystem can inform the choices we make and the way we engineer our communities. This lesson is part of a series of six lessons in which students use their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process, to design and create their own model biodome ecosystems. Less

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Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
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Christopher Valenti
Denise Carlson
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering.org
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Exploring Time Series Plots
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Students will explore time series plots and raw data to understand the ... More

Students will explore time series plots and raw data to understand the role of sea surface temperature increases on arctic ice melt. This is part three of a four-part activity on polar science. The activity builds on the knowledge gained in Using Data and Images to Understand Albedo (part 2). Extension activities examining air and sea surface temperature in relation to changing Earth albedo are included. Information is provided on data access using the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Web site. This activity is one of several learning activities connected with the 2007 GLOBE Earth system poster. Less

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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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The Forces that Change the Face of Earth
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This article provides science content knowledge about forces that shape the Earth's ... More

This article provides science content knowledge about forces that shape the Earth's surface: erosion by wind, water, and ice, volcanoes, earthquakes, and plate tectonics and how these forces affect Earth's polar regions. Less

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
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Frozen Planet
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These materials support BBC's Frozen Planet, a study of the Arctic and ... More

These materials support BBC's Frozen Planet, a study of the Arctic and Antarctic environments. Resources include video clips, interactive maps and a free course that examine these regions and how ice has shaped the landscapes, determines the structure of the ecosystem and the animals that prosper, and even drives our global climate. Less

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Science and Technology
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Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
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Fruitful Collaboration: Western Science and Native Ways of Knowing
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This article presents some aspects of the societal and scientific challenges of ... More

This article presents some aspects of the societal and scientific challenges of sharing what is known about climate change by offering insights from Native Alaskans and Western scientists. Less

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Carol Landis
Jessica Fries-Gaither
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Hands-On Science and Literacy Activities about Solar Energy
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This article features science lesson plans to teach elementary students about the ... More

This article features science lesson plans to teach elementary students about the sun's energy, the relationship between light and heat, albedo, and the absorption of different surfaces. National standards and literacy integrations are provided for each lesson. Less

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
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Hands-On Science and Literacy Lessons About Weather and Climate
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This article provides links to standards-based science and literacy lessons about weather, ... More

This article provides links to standards-based science and literacy lessons about weather, climate, polar climates, and climate change. Less

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
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A House is a House for Me
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Students brainstorm and discuss the different types of materials used to build ... More

Students brainstorm and discuss the different types of materials used to build houses in various climates. Small models of houses are built and tested against different climates. Less

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Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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Center for Engineering Ed Outreach, Tufts University
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A House of Snow and Ice
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This article reprints and links to informational text about the art and ... More

This article reprints and links to informational text about the art and science of igloos. Versions are available for students in grades K-1, 2-3 and 4-5. Related science and literacy activities are included. Less

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Stephen Whitt
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How Animals Stay Warm
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In this quick activity, learners explore how blubber protects animals from the ... More

In this quick activity, learners explore how blubber protects animals from the cold by making a "blubber mitt." Using cooking shortening, two zip-top sandwich bags, and duct tape, learners simulate blubber found on animals like whales and seals and then test it by sticking their "blubber mitt" in snow or ice water. Less

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Science and Technology
Social Sciences
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New England Aquarium
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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New England Aquarium
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How to Calculate Sea Ice Changes
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This set of three videos illustrates how math is used in satellite ... More

This set of three videos illustrates how math is used in satellite data analysis. The videos feature NASA senior climate scientist Claire Parkinson. Parkinson explains how the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice covers are measured from satellite data and how math is used to determine trends in the data. In the first video, she leads viewers from satellite data collection through obtaining a time series of monthly average sea ice extents for November 1978 – December 2012, for the Arctic and Antarctic. In the second video, she begins with the time series from the first video, removes the seasonal cycle by calculating yearly averages, and proceeds to calculate the slopes of the lines to get trends in the data, revealing decreasing sea ice coverage in the Arctic and increasing sea ice coverage in the Antarctic. In the third video, she uses a more advanced technique to remove the seasonal cycle and shows that the trends are close to the same, whichever method is used. She emphasizes the power of math and that the techniques shown for satellite sea ice data can also be applied to a wide range of data sets. Less

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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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Hunters Navigate Warming Arctic
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In this video segment adapted from the National Film Board of Canada, ... More

In this video segment adapted from the National Film Board of Canada, learn how the Inuit people have used their traditional knowledge to understand and adapt to changes in their Arctic environment, particularly when hunting and navigating the landscape. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. Less

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Science and Technology
Social Sciences
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Video Lectures
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PBS LearningMedia
PBS Learning Media
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PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Teachers' Domain
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National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
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Interactive Kiosk - Science in 2008
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This interactive kiosk was designed for the Magic Planet, and provides datasets ... More

This interactive kiosk was designed for the Magic Planet, and provides datasets and descriptions for a variety of topics such as sea surface temperatures, ice concentrations, ozone, human impacts on the ocean, and Atlantic hurricanes. Less

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Science and Technology
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Simulations
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NOAA
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NOAA
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Introduction to VIIRS Imaging and Applications
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This lesson introduces the VIIRS imager that operates on the current U.S. ... More

This lesson introduces the VIIRS imager that operates on the current U.S. Suomi NPP satellite and is planned for future JPSS environmental satellites. VIIRS has many advanced features that improve both spectral and spatial resolution and enable the delivery of consistent, high quality, and high resolution data to users worldwide. The lesson covers the enhanced capabilities of VIIRS and highlights some of its applications. These include single channel and multispectral products used to monitor dust, volcanic ash, convection, fog and low clouds, sea surface temperature, tropical cyclones, contrails, and ocean color. A special feature on VIIRS, the Day Night Band low-light visible channel, is also introduced. For more information on the channel and its capabilities, users are referred to the COMET lesson "Advances in Space-Based Nighttime Visible Observation." Less

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UCAR Staff
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COMET/MetEd Program Collection
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COMET
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Investigating the Cause and Effect Relationships of Seasonal Change
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This article highlights seven science lessons that teach elementary students about seasonal ... More

This article highlights seven science lessons that teach elementary students about seasonal change. Suggestions for integrating literacy and science include two lessons that use informational text and cause and effect relationships. Less

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Social Sciences
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
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Jules Verne's Early Arctic Explorer Superstars
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This article sets an historic context for Jules Verne's novel Captain Hatteras ... More

This article sets an historic context for Jules Verne's novel Captain Hatteras (1866), and presents an overview of day-to-day survival on the typical 19th century arctic voyage portrayed in this fictional account. Less

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Carol Minton Morris
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La'ona DeWilde: Environmental Biologist
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In this video profile produced for Teachers' Domain, meet La'ona DeWilde, an ... More

In this video profile produced for Teachers' Domain, meet La'ona DeWilde, an environmental biologist who integrates her Athabascan heritage and her Western scientific training to help remote Alaskan villages address environmental issues. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. Less

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Science and Technology
Social Sciences
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Video Lectures
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PBS LearningMedia
PBS Learning Media
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PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
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