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All About Icebergs
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This article provides an overview of icebergs' formation and characteristics and the hazards associated with icebergs.

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Geoscience
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Alison Schirmer Lockman
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Antarctica: A Challenging Work Day
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What happens when the ground under your feet is ice and it's moving? This video segment adapted from NOVA features some of the dangers faced by scientists conducting research in Antarctica.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Space Science
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PBS LearningMedia
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PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
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National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
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12/17/2005
Antarctica Geologists Find a Balmy Day on the Lake-14 Million Years Ago
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This article describes a discovery of moss and ostracod fossils that led to a better understanding of Antarctica's climate history.

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Life Science
Physical Science
Geoscience
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Carol Landis
Date Added:
03/01/2009
Antarctica: King of Cold
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This article includes links to expository text for students in grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 about the climate differences between the Arctic and Antarctica.

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Geoscience
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Stephen Whitt
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Antarctica Part One
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In this video, Jonathan treks all the way to Antarctica to investigate life south of the polar circle. Along the way he dives in the majestic kelp forests of Patagonia, where crabs rule the sea floor. Once he arrives in Antarctica, his adventures continue. He swims with penguins, dives under an iceberg, meets a massive jellyfish 3 feet wide, and has an incredible encounter with a Leopard seal, the apex predator of Antarctica. Part 1 finds Jonathan diving in Ushuaia, Patagonia in Argentina before boarding the ship to Antarctica, then he finally gets to Antarctica and meets some penguins! This program won a New England Emmy Award! Please see the accompanying lesson plan for educational objectives, discussion points and classroom activities.

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Life Science
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
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Jonathan Bird Productions
Oceanic Research Group
Date Added:
05/04/2011
Antarctica Part Two
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In this video, Jonathan treks all the way to Antarctica to investigate life south of the polar circle. Along the way he dives in the majestic kelp forests of Patagonia, where crabs rule the sea floor. Once he arrives in Antarctica, his adventures continue. He swims with penguins, dives under an iceberg, meets a massive jellyfish 3 feet across, and has an incredible encounter with a Leopard seal, the apex predator of Antarctica. Part 2 finds Jonathan continuing his exploration of Antarctica including an encounter with a Leopard seal. This program won a New England Emmy Award! Please see the accompanying lesson plan for educational objectives, discussion points and classroom activities.

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Life Science
Geoscience
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
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Jonathan Bird Productions
Oceanic Research Group
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06/06/2011
Antarctica: Sea Ice
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This video segment adapted from NOVA uses microwave images to reveal how sea ice doubles the size of Antarctica each winter. Rare footage shows how sea ice crushed the famous ship Endurance in 1914.

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Education
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PBS LearningMedia
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National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Antarctica Weddell Seal Science WebPortal
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WeddellSealScience.com
This Weddell Seal Science website is produced by the Weddell Seal Population Ecology Project based at the Montana State University - Bozeman to present information, video files and multimedia, and social media about the Project's Weddell research in Antarctica. This Weddell Seal Project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and assisted by the United States Antarctic Program. (USAP). The purpose of the website is to function as a central web portal to make available to the general public, educators and students numerous assets including articles, a seasonal Antarctic field blog, select videos and multimedia on the project, Weddell seals, and the work of the researchers studying the population and mass dynamics of Antarctica's Weddell seals.

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Applied Science
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Life Science
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WeddellSealScience.com
Author:
Mary Lynn Price
Producer
Date Added:
05/13/2016
Antarctica in Images
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This classroom activity introduces students to Antarctica's organisms, landscapes, and seascapes. After examining the images in the photo gallery, students work in small groups to discuss their conclusions about the living conditions on this continent. The printable three-page handout includes a series of questions to help students structure their thoughts while viewing the gallery images and a group worksheet that guides students through a discussion of their evolving hypotheses and conclusions.

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Geoscience
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American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
Date Added:
10/15/2014
Arctic and Antarctic Birds - Issue 11, February 2009
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This issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, explores the amazing birds that live in or migrate to the polar regions. The issue was co-produced with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In addition to content knowledge articles and lesson plans, the issue includes information about bird-themed citizen science programs from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
The Ohio State University
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Arctic and Antarctic Birds: Unit Outlines
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This article assembles free resources from the Arctic and Antarctic Birds issue of the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears cyberzine into a unit outline based on the 5E learning cycle framework. Outlines are provided for Grades K-2 and 3-5.

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Geoscience
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Terry Shiverdecker
Date Added:
10/17/2014
The Boy Scout at the Bottom of the World
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This article profiles Paul Siple, a Boy Scout selected to accompany Admiral Byrd to Antarctica in 1928.

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Rachel Hintz
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Climate Change and the Polar Regions: Issue 20, June 2010
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This issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, highlights resources that help elementary teachers learn about climate change and teach their students important foundational concepts.

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Life Science
Physical Science
Geoscience
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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The Ohio State University
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Climate Change and the Polar Regions: Unit Outlines
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This article assembles free resources from the Climate Change and the Polar Regions issue of the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears cyberzine into a unit outline based on the 5E learning cycle framework. Outlines are provided for Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5.

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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions About Fossils and the History of the Polar Regions
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This article describes common misconceptions held by elementary students about the history of the polar regions, fossils, and geologic time. The article provides ideas for formative assessment, teaching strategies, and the National Science Education Standards.

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions About the Polar Regions: Geography and Mapping
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This article describes common misconceptions about the Arctic and Antarctica and how to test and teach for student understanding.

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Geoscience
Space Science
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Common Misconceptions about Day and Night, Seasons
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This article describes common misconceptions held by elementary students about the cause of day and night and seasons. The article provides ideas for formative assessment, teaching strategies, and the National Science Education Standards.

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Geoscience
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Crazy Cold Air
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In this classroom activity, students record the temperatures in and around a walk-in refrigerator or freezer to see how cold air behaves when it meets warmer air. The printable five-page handout includes a series of inquiry-based questions to get students thinking about how the temperature of air changes its density, detailed experiment directions and a worksheet that helps students use the experiment results to obtain insight into the wind patterns of Antarctica.

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Chemistry
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
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American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
Date Added:
10/15/2014
Developing Your Own Sense of Place About the Polar Regions
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This article provides links to web sites that describe the Arctic and Antarctica in terms of geography, climate, and ecosystems.

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Geoscience
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
A Dinosaur Cast in Stone
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This article recounts the events on the day in 1990 when Dr. David Elliot, an Ohio State geologist, found a dinosaur fossil high in the Transantarctic Mountains of Antarctica.

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Carol Landis
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Drilling to Antarctica‘ľ‘ÇŒäó֌_s Rock Core
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In this video adapted from ANDRILL, find out how geoscientists get through more than a dozen football fields of ice and water in order to study the rock and sediment beneath Antarctica.

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Engineering
Geoscience
Space Science
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Lecture
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PBS LearningMedia
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PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
01/17/2008
Earth's Cryosphere: Antarctica
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Learn about the different features of snow and ice in Antarctica using satellite imagery in this video segment adapted from NASA.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
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Lecture
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PBS LearningMedia
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PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
01/17/2008
Energy and the Polar Environment - Issue 7, October 2008
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This issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, explores the Sun's role in warming Earth, the albedo (reflectivity) of Earth's diverse surfaces, and how the decline of Arctic sea ice is affecting Earth's energy balance. Science lessons introduce the concepts of solar energy, reflection, and absorption to elementary students. The issue also includes an overview of the natural resources and energy sources found in the polar regions as well as lessons that allow students to develop the concepts of natural resources, energy sources, and energy efficiency.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
The Ohio State University
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Fabric Test
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In this classroom activity, students work in groups to test a variety of fabrics to determine each one's effectiveness as an insulator. The printable five-page handout includes a series of inquiry-based questions to get students thinking about the conditions in Antarctica and the properties of specialty fabrics, illustrated activity directions and a worksheet that includes areas for recording their experiment data, and questions that prompt students to compare their results against their original hypotheses.

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Physical Science
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
Date Added:
10/15/2014
Feed Me!
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This article discusses the many lichens found in the Arctic and Antarctica and their unique characteristics.

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Geoscience
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Carol Minton Morris
Date Added:
10/17/2014
A Field Season Gets Underway Set To Weddell Seal Song
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Weddell seals have a large repertoire of very strange vocalizations–everything from chugs, chirps, trills, and whistles to what sounds like something from outer space. Weddells make these sounds both underwater and on top of the sea ice. Our soundtrack composer Steve Perez used hydrophone recordings the project obtained under NMFS Permit 1032-1917 to interweave with guitar and midi to create an other-worldly composition consisting of some of those Weddell seal vocalizations recorded by the Weddell Population Ecology project. Video field footage obtained by project members Eric Boyd and Terrill Paterson under NMFS Permit 17236. Video editing and production by Mary Lynn Price. Learn more at WeddellSealScience.com!

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Applied Science
Education
Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Author:
Mary Lynn Price
Date Added:
07/06/2017
The Forces that Change the Face of Earth
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This article provides science content knowledge about forces that shape the Earth's surface: erosion by wind, water, and ice, volcanoes, earthquakes, and plate tectonics and how these forces affect Earth's polar regions.

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Geoscience
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Reading
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Going With the Floe: A One-Time Drifter
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This article describes a researcher's history of studying sea ice and the dynamic nature of observed changes to the sea ice in the polar regions.

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Geoscience
Space Science
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Reading
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Carol Landis
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Hands-On Science and Literacy Lessons About Weather and Climate
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This article provides links to standards-based science and literacy lessons about weather, climate, polar climates, and climate change.

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
The Heart of Erebus
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This article, written for students in grades 4-5, discusses the world's most southern active volcano, Mt. Erebus of Antarctica. Modified versions are available for students in younger grades.

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Stephen Whitt
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Investigating West Antarctica, Then and Now
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This article profiles Charles Bentley, a geophysicist who has worked in Antarctica over a period of seven decades. The article provides an overview of his research as well as changes in the way scientists live and work in Antarctica.

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Geoscience
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Carol Landis
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Investigating the Cause and Effect Relationships of Seasonal Change
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This article highlights seven science lessons that teach elementary students about seasonal change. Suggestions for integrating literacy and science include two lessons that use informational text and cause and effect relationships.

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Geoscience
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Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Lessons and Activities about Exploration
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This article includes integrated lessons, activities, and ideas for teaching about exploration and polar explorers in the elementary classroom.

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Lessons and Activities about Heat and Insulation
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This article highlights lessons and activities for elementary students about heat, insulation, and how animals and people stay warm in cold environments.

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Geoscience
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Life in the Tundra
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This article discuss basic ecological concepts such as food chains and webs within the context of the tundra.

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
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10/17/2014
Life on the Ice (Cube)
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This article describes daily life and work at the IceCube telescope at the South Pole, Antarctica, and links to informational text about them. Versions are available for students in grades K-1, 2-3 and 4-5. Related science and literacy activities are included.

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Stephen Whitt
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10/17/2014
Magnetism, Mountains, and Moving Plates: Tales of a Polar Geologist
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This article profiles Dr. Anne Grunow, curator of the United States Polar Rock Repository, and discusses her work as a polar geologist.

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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Carol Landis
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10/17/2014
Mammals: Virtual Bookshelf
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This article features children's literature about mammals and the mammals that live in the polar regions.

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Julie Moran
Date Added:
10/17/2014