Polar Explorers
Short introduction of the topic
Student created slide presentation - Polar Explorers
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MATERIALSInformational display on polar explorers (this can be student or teacher-created)
Wearable signs with the names and info about the explorers
How Do Ice Sheets Form lesson
Antarctic Map
Ice Sheet Pictures
Crevasse game set-up (see lesson)
Two bamboo skewers (crevasse detectors)
Two different colored dry erase markers
One clear clipboard, transparency film sheet or binder sleeve per group
Students will work in partners to guess the name of the Polar Explorer on their wearable sign. They will ask their partner yes or no questions to try to eliminate possible answers. Students will have access to informational display while they are guessing
Ice, Ice, Baby
CReSIS lesson adaptation

Students will use goo to model the way ice sheets are formed
Adapted from CReSIS lesson, “How Many Times Did You Fall into the Crevasse”

Students will learn about crevasses, or cracks in Crevasse Survival! the brittle surface of a glacier, and the dangers they pose to explorers
NGSS Alignment
Full, more detailed outline of standards & progressions → NGSS Progressions
This lesson focuses on the historical aspect of this topicEarth Science
ESS1.C The history of planet Earth
ESS2.A Earth materials and systems
ESS2.C The roles of water in Earth’s surface processes
Earth Science
ESS2.A Earth materials and systems
ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions
ESS2.C The roles of water in Earth’s surface processes
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