Observing Earth's Cryosphere: Student Activity
Watch the video and have students answer the questions about Earth's cryosphere.
Watch the video and have students answer the questions. Give them the questions before showing the video, so they know what to look for while watching.
- Review the various images of the Earth's Cryosphere. Name at least three different forms of ice that are shown in the video.
- How does ice moderate temperatures on Earth?
- What missions are studying ice?
- What is happening to the annual sea ice minimum?
- Why does NASA study ice from space?
Teachers, these mini lessons/student activities are perfect "warm up" tasks that can be used as a hook, bellringer, exit slip, etc.
Supported NGSS Performance Expectations
- 4-ESS2-2: Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
- 5-ESS2-1: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
- MS-ESS2-1: Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
- MS-ESS2-2: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.
- MS-ESS2-4: Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the Sun and the force of gravity.