Antarctica: The Farthest Place Close to Home

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8
Organization:American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Summary:"Take students to the world's most extreme environment with this curriculum. As they investigate this polar continent and its value to scientists worldwide, they will also learn about world climate, day and night cycles, ocean circulation, animal adaptation, and scientists working """"in the field."""" Tailor your study to the amount of time you have, or take a few weeks to cover one or more ready-to-teach units. Either way, your students make real-world connections to biology, geology, physical science, and technology. They'll also master many important science skills, including skills in research (on and off the web), observation, description, and analysis."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 3; Big Idea 4; Big Idea 5; Big Idea 6; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.D; LS4.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS2-6; MS-LS4-6
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; activities; antarctica; biology; climate; evolution; geology; lesson; middle school; oceans; physical science; research; technology
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