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Author

NASA

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus

Global

Ice Sheets

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Synopsis
  • NASA's Vital Signs resource on ice sheets displays interactive graphs of ice sheet mass variation for Antarctica and Greenland since 2002. 
  • The data and graphs can be downloaded and there are links to other NASA satellite missions. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The data are very clear, showing students the observable and verifiable facts.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a graph.

Differentiation

  • Advanced students could investigate the positive feedback loop created when large ice sheets melt.
  • Any class could use this resource for fact-checking, research, or data analysis related to climate change and sea level rise.
  • Other resources about this topic include this table of solutions to climate change, this interactive data resource about the causes of greenhouse gas emissions, this lesson plan, and this video.
Scientist Notes
This resource, updated monthly, shows the continued decrease in both the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
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