This is a starter activity to reinforce the different features between the polar regions. It is designed to be used on an interactive whiteboard. Answers are available here.
This activity is designed to be used flexibly, either as a whole class teacher led activity where each data source is enlarged for use on a whiteboard, or the class can be split into groups with each looking at one of the data sources or a combination. Students are asked to analyse each one to find out why it is so cold at the poles.
Answers should include :
A group activity which encourages students to explore the areas of scientific research and rank their importance in terms of mitigating the effects of climate change on different aspects of the planet. It should be noted that there are no ‘correct answers’ for this activity and the perceived importance of each area of science is very subjective when compared to others. Whole class discussion enables the students to discuss their perceptions and opinions and reasons for their choices. The teacher should try to balance each argument with the alternative view point as to what is important for the students and the planet.
This follows on from the previous activity where students have selected which area of scientific research they consider most important and now have to bid for funding for their proposal. The proposal can be completed online and shared through the school’s VLE or printed out.
Each group presents their proposal to the class and a class decision is made as to which one will receive funding. Before the presentations, a set of criteria can be established by the class to decide which presentation wins.