Global Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

In this activity, students will practice the steps involved in a scientific investigation as they learn why ice formations on land (and not those on water) will cause a rise in sea level upon melting. This is a discovery lesson in ice and water density and displacement of water by ice floating on the surface as it relates to global climate change.

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California Academy of Sciences
Activity takes one 45-minute classroom period. Additional materials are required including access to a freezer and water.

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Includes entire lesson in PDF.

Need access to a freezer:

20-minute prep time (at least); block scheduling is ideal for investigation.

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