In this lesson students learn about the impacts of ice in the Arctic melting by watching a series of demonstrations. The context of the lesson is the work of Dr Helen Findlay who was investigating the effect of environmental change on the Arctic ecosystem.
- Describe the conditions in the Arctic
- Describe how the Arctic is changing
- Explain the cause and possible outcome of one problem facing the Arctic
- Inuit words for ice (10 mins)
Use the slides to set the context and share the learning outcomes. Students describe the ice in different photos from the slides.
- Why is the Arctic important and how is it changing? (10 mins)
Students consider why the Arctic is important using the slides. Students watch the Sea ice 1979-2012 video and use the slides to learn how the Arctic is changing.
- Arctic problems activities (25 mins)
Work with students on one or more of the demonstrations and use the slides to explain how the melting ice caps could cause a variety of problems.
- Explaining issues (10 mins)
Students demonstrate their learning by sorting short sentences into logical paragraphs or completing a storyboard.
- Self-reflection (5 mins)
Using slides, students consider ‘What ifs?’ about learning in the lesson.