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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.
Learners 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.
Students 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.
High schoolers 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.
In this Canada worksheet, students read a 6 page detailed informational text about climate change in Canada. Students then complete 10 essay/short answer questions.
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, learners read an informational article about the Southern Ocean and answer questions about it. Students answer 10 true and false questions.
Students 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.
Students 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.
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.  
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.
In this specific heat worksheet, students are given examples to find the specific heats of substances and to use the specific heats to find the changes in temperatures of substances. Students solve eighteen problems using what they learned about specific heat.
Students take a field trip and record information about mammals. In this mammals lesson plan, students hunt for tracks, waste, or other evidence that a mammal exists in this habitat. Students complete a worksheet on the evidence they have found.
Students use materials found at a resource table to design simple devices that will house instruments to take water samples from a tub of water. They design 3 instruments, each varying in density so that one will float, one will hover and one will sink. The work in teams and each member contributes to the design. After experimentation, they share designs with the rest of class.
Students study Inuit and their ancestors.  In this biomes lesson students study the relationship between the Inuit and their environment and create a class art gallery.
Second graders learn how to locate geographical features on a map or globe. In this geography lesson, 2nd graders locate and identify the continents and oceans. Students complete a worksheet where they answer questions on the equator, the continents, the oceans, and map directions.

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