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Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Videos, 6 minutes, 12 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Polar Regions


YouTube Video

What Melting Sea Ice Means for Life in the Arctic

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  • This video shows how a group of international scientists went to the Arctic to study how species are adapting to climate change. 
Teaching Tips


  • In this video, students are exposed to how scientists collect samples, use robotic gliders to take measurements of water, and determine the behavior of algae cells under different conditions.
  • Students may be surprised to learn that ice melt is beneficial to some species.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the threats that are facing the Arctic ecosystem.
  • Teachers might face some ads in the beginning of the video.


  • The teacher could challenge students to pause the video and discuss the studies and research featured in the video.

Scientist Notes
The resource explores through research the importance of the Arctic ecosystem in sustaining the food chain in the Arctic region. It is gradually being threatened by increasing concentration of atmospheric CO2. Cutting down CO2 levels could possibly restore the Arctic ecosystem. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
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