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Learners design and construct a pipeline to carry a ping pong ball and a golf ball across the classroom.   In this engineering design activity, students learn to work as a team as they plan, build, and evaluate their pipelines.
The fascinating video "Changing Planet: Fresh Water in the Arctic," introduces your oceanographers to the world's gyres. They learn that melting sea ice is making the gyres larger, and that the changes could, in turn, contribute even more to global climate change. Learners perform a simulation of ocean water circulation, placing colored sequins in the water to visualize its movement. They make connections between the atmosphere and oceans. Use this activity to explore the far-reaching impact of climate change and the cycle that it may trigger.
Students investigate the greenhouse effect and examine the potential effects of climate change in the Arctic. They construct a mini-greenhouse and test its effect on temperature, analyze historical climate statistics, and conduct an experiment about the insulating properties of sea ice.
Students study beluga whale populations and the issues they face.  For this beluga lesson students compare the issues that the whales are facing and name ways people can help.
Students graph sea ice data and predict long term trends in the data. In this climate change instructional activity, students use sea ice data from the Arctic and Antarctic to construct line graphs. They use their graphs to predict the effects of global climate change.
High schoolers describe human benefits from ocean exploration. In this ocean exploration lesson, students focus on the historical, biological, and physical features of the deep oceans and man's exploration.
Students investigate the properties of insulation as it relates to whales and sea ice. They research whales and examine the atmospheric changes that occur when there are changes in sea ice.
Students use NASA photographs and hands-on activities to compare the amounts of land and water on our planet. They discover that the world has five oceans and that they cover seventy percent of Earth's surface. Students learn how this affects the entire Earth system.
Students learn about Earth's deep ocean discoveries and their benefits. In this ocean exploration lesson, students review previous explorations of the Earth's deep oceans and learn about the discoveries of the past.
Young scholars think about how beluga whales survive in icy Arctic and subarctic waters and why they sometimes need to migrate. Students will view and sketch photographs of ice at different stages of thickness, look at pictures of belugas, and discuss how belugas' bodies are adapted to life in the ice.
Students determine the impact of permafrost to the surrounding ecology. In this thermal erosion lesson, students examine the tributaries, communities and permafrost regions of the Yukon River. They evaluate the impact to the salmon survival rate.
Here is an exciting exploration of a fascinating topic for your emerging ecologists: bird migration! They begin by visiting the US Fish & Wildlife Service website to discover which Arctic birds come to their areas. They are assigned one of those birds and sent off to do a bit of background research on it. They use an online distance calculator to discover how far that bird migrates and use critical thinking to predict what difficulties may lie along the path from one place to another. Though the lesson claims to be written for high schooler, it is easily adaptable to preteen groups.
Students examine scientific evidence of changes in the Arctic ice cover. They participate in a simulation of an international conference and debate the relationship between global warming and changes in the arctic ice cover.
Third graders in groups research the different regions of Canada. They create a timeline to put the major events of Canada's history in order.
Students investigate oceans and ocean life. They analyze maps, listen to stories and poems, create a cut-away ocean display, write an ocean haiku, explore various websites, and role-play oceanographers.
It this reading for comprehension worksheet, students read an informational article about the Southern Ocean and answer questions about it. Students answer 10 true and false questions.
Learners explore the formation of Arctic landscapes using an interactive website. In this earth science lesson, students create models of at least 3 landscape features using a sculpting clay. They share the models with the class.
Learners examine how underwater robots can be used to assist scientific explorations. They read and discuss an article, conduct Internet research, complete a worksheet, and present an oral report.
Students take a provided ocean Trivia Quiz in order to start a discussion of the ocean. They then perform an experiment on how the amount of salt in the ocean affects it and varies from ocean to ocean.
Assign groups of middle school oceanographers to research one of the following underwater robots; ABE, Herculues, ROPOS, RCV-150, Tiburon, or general purpose ROVs. An included handout guides them through information to be gathered. Each group then presents their assigned robot to the rest of the class. Facts about each are included for your convenience, as well as extensive background information, resource links, and suggestions for a homework assignment.  

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