Lesson Plan

Glaciers and Water

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Explore the amazing power of glaciers with a hands-on earth science experiment! After first learning basic background information, learners go on to create their very own chunks of frozen water and gravel in order to observe first-hand the ability of ice to carve and shape the earth.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include this resource in an earth science lesson series on erosion
  • Supplement the lesson by presenting pictures and/or videos of major geological features resulting from the action of glaciers
  • Create a worksheet that asks students to record their observations from the activity and answer a series of related questions
  • When simulating the action of glaciers, provide the class with different naturally occurring materials and have pupils compare the erosion of each
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson must be performed over two days to allow students' glaciers to freeze overnight
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website.It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • A list of key vocabulary is included with the lesson
  • Additional activities are suggested for extending learning about glaciers
  • Pictures of glacial striations are provided as support with teaching about the action of glaciers
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