Thermal Expansion and Sea Level Rise

In this short but effective demonstration/experiment, students investigate how thermal expansion of water might affect sea level.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Demonstration/experiment needs to be embedded in a lesson that explains the actual science around sea level rise. The given text can lead to misconceptions.

Include a discussion on ice sheets and glaciers to reinforce climate literacy principles.

Please reinforce the use of safety glasses.

Pay close attention, the expansion happens quickly. Have students watch the water carefully.