Global Ups & Downs: Changing Sea Level (6-12)
Lesson 2: Experimenting with Ice Melt

Experimenting with Ice Melt

This lesson consists of two activities in which students explore the relationship between melting sea ice vs. melting continental ice and sea level rise. Students make a hypothesis about the differences between the impact of melting sea ice and continental ice. They then design and carry out an experiment to test their hypotheses.


Concepts and learning outcomes


Students will understand that:

  • Sea level change is primarily the result of changes in the volume of water contained in continental ice sheets.
  • Temperature fluctuations result in the formation and melting of ice sheets.

Time requirements

Two 50-minute classes

Vocabulary


continental ice, sea ice, glacier


Activities


1. Experiment Design: Students design and conduct their own experiments to determine the differences in sea level change between the melting of sea ice and continental ice.
2. Melting Sea and Continental Ice: Students conduct their experiments to test their hypotheses on the differences in sea level change between the melting of sea ice and continental ice.


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