Sea Ice Graph and Ideas!

As closely as math ties in with science, graphs are very important in both disciplines. This week I chose to focus my teaching material on teaching students to read and analyze the data on a graph to determine information about Sea Ice.

The first website link I found has tons of information and daily updated Arctic sea ice maps as well as other interesting information about sea ice and how they are using state-of-the-art equipment to monitor it. (The standards for teaching about technology are covered here also.)

In paging through the website and exploring all the links, I found the second link I listed which is an awesome graph charting the Arctic Sea Ice Extent from the 1980’s to the present. It shows by month the square kilometers of sea ice as well as giving a nice background at the bottom of the site explaining sea ice and how they derived the averages. If using this website to teach, please note they have a bullet requesting that “When you use our data and graph, please follow our site policy.“

Just another thought with this website when I was exploring was how cool it would be to do a video teleconference with your classes and one of the researchers. You could cover a lot of standards about interviewing, note-taking, good listening skills, etc. with a simple interview where the students are chosen to ask a scientist about their field of study. It is always good to bring in experts in the field talk to your students whenever possible and enrich their learning. (Methods of contact begin with an e-mail but could be conducted through a VTC cart or even for free on Skype if your school does not have video teleconferencing technology.)

2 comments for “Sea Ice Graph and Ideas!

  1. Sarah
    July 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Thanks for doing the digging to find that graph! It would be interesting for students to plot the current sea ice extent onto the graph, which they could easily do on a weekly basis to see how the sea ice extent this year compares to recent years and historical averages. This information would also mesh nicely with the article and video I just posted about coastal erosion in the arctic, since the lack of sea ice is one of the big factors contributing to erosion.

  2. Dr. Kaden
    July 19, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Sea ice a great topic. I am glad you posted the resources. I was sea ice observer in 2007 on the icebreaker Oden on a trip to Antarctica. You will find more great resources on the Polar TREC site.

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