Activity Introduction

Module: The Arctic, Antarctica and Greenland

Year levels: 9 and 10

Activity details: Through class discussion students are asked to think about how climate change will affect the Polar Regions, and what the impacts will mean for the rest of the planet.

Key lessons of activity: Global warming is predicted to have the greatest affect on the Polar Regions, and this may affect all life on earth.

Learning goals for this activity include:

1. Identify key physical geographical and environmental conditions of the Arctic, Antarctica and Greenland.

2. Communicate effectively in fair and considered class-wide discussion on issues.

3. Demonstrate the ability to read, evaluate and interpret information about the issues.

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Duration of activity: 15 mins

Learning areas addressed: English, Geography, Sustainability.

Teacher input: Lead students on a discussion around global warming in the Polar Regions.

Resources needed: Writing materials, Internet access.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Before beginning the class discussion ask your students to read the section on ‘The Arctic, Antarctic and Greenland’ (Years 9 and 10) on the Our Cool Schools site.

Class discussion

Once completed ask the students to engage in a discussion on the following questions:

  • What is happening in these places that is important to the rest of the world?
  • Why is Antarctica important to scientists?
  • Why is what scientists find out in Antarctica important to the rest of us?
  • Why is global warming especially important to Antarctica, the Arctic and Greenland?
  • Now that you’ve read this section, what do you think about climate change and the Arctic, Antarctica and Greenland?
  • Write down five or more statements about climate change and the Arctic, Antarctica and Greenland.
  • Write down everything you have learnt about climate change and the Arctic, Antarctica and Greenland from reading this section.
  • Write down five or more questions about climate change and the Arctic, Antarctica and Greenland that
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Student Worksheet

Student worksheet not required with this activity.

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