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Climate Modeling Program
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The research-based Arctic Climate Modeling Program (ACMP) is funded by NSF ITEST. ...

The research-based Arctic Climate Modeling Program (ACMP) is funded by NSF ITEST. Curriculum based resources were designed with input from 21 scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute. Resources include K-12 inquiry-based classroom lessons, a student network for observing arctic weather, digital lectures, and an interactive multimedia learning system (on DVD).

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University of Alaska
Author:
Kathy Bertram
Common Misconceptions about Day and Night, Seasons
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This article describes common misconceptions held by elementary students about the cause ...

This article describes common misconceptions held by elementary students about the cause of day and night and seasons. The article provides ideas for formative assessment, teaching strategies, and the National Science Education Standards.

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Engineering
Education
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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
Common Misconceptions About Fossils and the History of the Polar Regions
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This article describes common misconceptions held by elementary students about the history ...

This article describes common misconceptions held by elementary students about the history of the polar regions, fossils, and geologic time. The article provides ideas for formative assessment, teaching strategies, and the National Science Education Standards.

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Engineering
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Lesson Plan
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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
Common Misconceptions About the Polar Regions: Geography and Mapping
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This article describes common misconceptions about the Arctic and Antarctica and how ...

This article describes common misconceptions about the Arctic and Antarctica and how to test and teach for student understanding.

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Engineering
Education
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Lesson Plan
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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
Counting Graylings on the Tundra
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This article profiles Linda Deegan, scientist with the Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research ...

This article profiles Linda Deegan, scientist with the Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research site in the Kuparuk River region of Alaska, as she counts and tags Arctic grayling as they migrate from streams to lakes in the fall.

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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
The Dance of Life
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This nonfiction article, written for students in grades 4-5, explores the life ...

This nonfiction article, written for students in grades 4-5, explores the life and seasonal migration of the sanderling bird. Modified versions are available for students in younger grades.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
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Lesson Plan
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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
Developing Your Own Sense of Place About the Polar Regions
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This article provides links to web sites that describe the Arctic and ...

This article provides links to web sites that describe the Arctic and Antarctica in terms of geography, climate, and ecosystems.

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Engineering
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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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
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Dustin Madden: Science Teacher
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In this video profile produced for Teachers' Domain, meet teacher Dustin Madden, ...

In this video profile produced for Teachers' Domain, meet teacher Dustin Madden, an IŰ__ŒóíŠupiaq who hopes to inspire students to take an active role in protecting the natural environment by giving them a foundation in math and science.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Lecture
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PBS LearningMedia
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Teachers' Domain
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National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Environments and Ecosystems
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Students explore the biosphere and its associated environments and ecosystems in the ...

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.

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Engineering
Ecology
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Lesson Plan
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
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Christopher Valenti
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Exploring Time Series Plots
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Students will explore time series plots and raw data to understand the ...

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.

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Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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NASA
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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 ...

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.

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Reading
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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
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Frozen Planet
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These materials support BBC's Frozen Planet, a study of the Arctic and ...

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.

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Environmental Science
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The Open University
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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 ...

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.

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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
Author:
Carol Landis
Jessica Fries-Gaither
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 ...

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.

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Engineering
Life Science
Physics
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Lesson Plan
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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
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
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, ...

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

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Engineering
Life Science
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Lesson Plan
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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
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
A House Is a House for Me
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Students brainstorm and discuss the different types of materials used to build ...

Students brainstorm and discuss the different types of materials used to build houses in various climates. They build small models of houses and test them in different climates.

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Architecture and Design
Engineering
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Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
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Center for Engineering Educational Outreach,
A House of Snow and Ice
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This article reprints and links to informational text about the art and ...

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.

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Engineering
Reading Informational Text
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
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
Author:
Stephen Whitt
How Do Birds Stay Warm?
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This article describes the physiological and behavioral adaptations that allow birds to ...

This article describes the physiological and behavioral adaptations that allow birds to winter in cold regions, including the Arctic and Antarctica.

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Life Science
Zoology
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Reading
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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
Author:
Jennifer Fee
How to Calculate Sea Ice Changes
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This set of three videos illustrates how math is used in satellite ...

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.

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Engineering
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
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Data Set
Lecture Notes
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NASA
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