Climate Change and Arctic Ecosystems

In this activity, students learn about how climate change is affecting the Arctic ecosystem and then investigate how this change is impacting polar bear populations. Students analyze maps of Arctic sea ice, temperature graphs, and polar bear population data to answer questions about the impact of climate change on the Arctic ecosystem.

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Project Activities for Conceptualizing Climate and Climate Change
Purdue University

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Questions at the beginning seem odd in their placement, but could be used as a pre-test.

Educator should enlarge and laminate the map of the Arctic for use in the activity to improve readability.

Educators should project the given images and go through the process of calculating percentage of sea ice cover with students.