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Reflected waves of light move within a plane, and because of this, polarizing materials can reduce the glare our eyes see. This resource explains how to set up a demonstration of this effect. Consider it for use in your physical science class during the light unit.
Students brainstorm topics and categories that might be covered by the International Polar Year. After reading an article, they consider the subjects that are going to be studied there. Using the internet, they research a particular project and create an oral presentation to share their information with the class.
In this video, Sal shows an example of converting from polar coordinates to cartesian coordinates. Then he shows two examples of changing an equation written in cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates, including an example of how a basic circle equation looks simpler in polar coordinates.
Center content-integrated lessons around the timeless holiday book, The Polar Express.
Sal continues more examples of converting functions from cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates and vice-versa.
Students investigate how polar bears stay warm in arctic climates. In this polar bear lesson, students listen to The Little Bear by Hans de Beer before talking about how polar bears stay warm. They experiment with a "blubber glove" to determine how the bear's layer of fat helps it to stay warm in the cold waters. They complete a worksheet (not included) as an assessment.
Young scholars read an Inuit legend about a brave polar bear. In this fiction instructional activity, students discuss the book "The Polar Bear's Gift." Young scholars use graphic organizers to list different types of gifts. Students then make a list of positive character traits that they have or they see in others.
Explore the holiday classic "The Polar Express" with a variety of activities.
Students read Polar Life. In this nonfiction lesson students read the nonfiction book Polar Life. Students read independently and discuss what they read as a group.
Water is common? Not really! Learn how the polarity of the water molecule gives it tremendous properties that make is quite unique in the universe. Learners will understand surface tension, adhesion, and cohesion, as well as why these properties are important to life. The narrator neatly breaks down the concepts, while cute little anthropomorphic water molecules and electrons act out their parts. Consider having your physical or earth scientists view the video as homework and write out their answers to the Think questions to turn in.
Students download NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of the Martian polar ice caps in summer and winter, and measure and compare various images of the changing Martian and Earth polar ice caps.
In this fiction books activity, students complete seven multiple choice questions about the book, "Polar Star." These questions contain concepts such as choosing the correct author, who published the book, when it was on the New York Times best seller list, and more.
Young scholars show their support for preserving threatened and endangered species by creating and sculpting a replica of a polar bear. They discuss the agreement that the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway and the Soviet Union signed in 1973 to protect polar bears.
Students explore the sounds of outdoors. For this sound and literacy lesson, students read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? and then listen to a tape of nature sounds. Students record their own nature sounds and collaborate to author a book titled Children, Children, What Do You Hear?.
Third graders practice their geography skills. In this Polar Day-themed instructional activity, 3rd graders use their research skills to compare and contrast the place, regions, and human systems in their community to a Canadian northern polar region community.
Students use ice cubes to demonstrate how the polar ice caps are melting and how it effects the polar bears. In this polar bear lesson plan, the teacher explains how polar bears live on the north pole and how they are having trouble due to global warming. Then each student gets an ice cube and observes how it melts in their hand. After the observation of the ice cube, the students discuss what they could do to save energy and help the polar bears.
In this Polar Shift quiz activity, students take a seven question online quiz about the book. Page has multiple ads and links to answers, additional resources and Facebook.
Students examine the adaptive capabilities of animals and the effects of global warming on polar regions. They analyze a map, answer true or false discussion questions, conduct research, complete a handout, and research the International Polar Year, 2007-2009.
Middle schoolers study famous explorers of the ploar regions and have a simulated polar exploration of their own. They describe the differences in terrain between the Arctic and Antarctic, and study the hardships imposed on polar explorers
Learners research the landscapes, climates, and animal life of the polar regions. They then interview people to find out what they think and know about the regions.