Cindy Starr, NASA Scientific Visualization Studio.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- Ask students to watch the animation and ask them to try to pick out periods of time where ice loss was the greatest.
- Animated images could be paused for discussion.
- Note the difference between land-based ice sheets, which do elevate sea level when they melt, vs. ocean-based ice packs, which do not raise sea level when they melt.
About the Science
- Two visualizations and an animation show how Arctic sea ice has been growing and shrinking, spinning, melting in place, and drifting out of the Arctic for the past three decades.
- NASA scientists explain the dynamics of ice melting in the Arctic and review the sources of data that were used to create the visualizations.
- Of note - this is one of the few resources showing sea ice thickness in addition to extent.
- Provides a description of why understanding the two main types of Arctic ice matters: old (more than 4 years old) ice vs. new (younger than 4 years old) ice are good indicators of overall ice pack reduction trends.
- Comments from expert scientist:
- Great visualizations and tools
- Clear numbers that really illustrate how significant the loss of ice is
- Use of quotes is powerful
- Links to more information
- Optional, but could briefly explain how ice is dated (or provide another link)
About the Pedagogy
- Text is small and somewhat difficult to read.
- Visualization and animations are clear and easy to interpret.
- The text is a little vocabulary-heavy and is not appropriate for middle school students.
- Images and text are as they stand - no instructions for classroom use.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Cross Cutting Concepts: 2
MS-C1.2: Patterns in rates of change and other numerical relationships can provide information about natural and human designed systems
MS-C1.4:Graphs, charts, and images can be used to identify patterns in data.