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Sea level rise

This live lesson broadcast is a great way of learning about sea-level rise and clear up common misconceptions such as how melting sea ice in the Arctic will cause sea levels to rise.

The investigation will provide students an opportunity to observe over time and compare how the melting of different types of ice in the Arctic and Antarctic will affect sea-level rise.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AXA Arctic Live 2021 live lessons will be delivered as a virtual event, with speakers joining from where they are, rather than from the UK's Arctic Research Station.

Broadcast on Tue 15 Jun 2021
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 11-14
Curriculum Links

Life in cold climates

  • Extend locational knowledge and deepen spatial awareness of the world, including polar deserts
  • Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems

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This live lesson is suited to all students studying geography. The activity is based around the Sea level rise investigation, part of the Frozen Oceans STEAM activity collection.

The lesson assumes no prior knowledge of the Arctic, but students may find it useful to have worked through a preparatory lesson.

Questions generated by your class can be submitted via the Encounter Live tab in your Encounter Edu profile.

Before Session

Arrange students into groups, organise all resources needed for the experiment, found here. To help make the live investigation run smoothly, it will be helpful to have all resources prepared for your students to use.

Session steps

1. Introduction (5 mins)

Jamie will open the session with a welcome and brief introduction to the Arctic including any shout-outs to registered classes. During this time students to get into their allocated groups and set up their experiments.

2. Subject knowledge (5 mins)

Jamie will then proceed to speak about how the Arctic is changing and the importance of working scientifically to better understand changes in the environment. Then the team will do a resources check with your students before guiding them in the steps to set up the experiment.

3. Activity time (25 mins)

Jamie will ask students to predict what will happen to the water (sea) level as the ice melts. Students should then share with a partner.

Jamie will then discuss more about how the Arctic is changing, what causes sea level rise and why it is an issue. In this exposition, they will discuss the physical states of water and its transition points. Students should observe and describe what happened in their two models, although this may happen later. The team in the Arctic will have on hand examples that have been left to warm and can demonstrate their findings. Students will be available to compare their observations to these once their ice has had time to melt.

4. Q&A and conclusion (10 mins)

After completing the activity Jamie will be able to answer pre-submitted questions and take part in the live chat. At the end of the broadcast, Jamie will suggest some other activities you might like to try and what's coming up in the rest of Arctic Live 2021.

Free access for Teacher Plus subscribers

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AL2020 Speaker Jamie

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

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