Lessons

   Overview
   1 Permafrost
      in the Arctic
   2 Temperature
      and Ice Cellars
   3 Graph long-term
   soil Changes
   4 Graphing Albedo
      and Temperature
   5 Measuring
     Changing Lakes
   
   6 Is Alaska’s Coast
      Disappearing?

  

   How to ...

Lessons Overview

Secondary teachers and their students will further explore permafrost, climate change and scientific processes used by scientists in six online interactive lessons. Lessons simultaneously deliver new scientific content and act as tutorials to train teachers to use free classroom applications, Google Earth, ImageJ, and NASA’s innovative GIOVANNI, to graphically visualize climate data and measure the effects of climate change.

Lessons include videos, photographs, diagrams, technology tutorials and clear step-by-step instructions. Each lesson provides a context for why studying each topic is important. Lesson resources include National and Alaska State Standards, additional information, links and lesson references. Lessons were pilot and field tested by teachers and reviewed by permafrost researchers.

Lessons allow learners to mimic how scientist conduct climate research.

Lesson 1 - Permafrost in the Arctic
               In this lesson observe the location of permafrost.

Lesson 2 - Temperature Models and Ice Cellars
               In this lesson use a NASA Goddard Earth Sciences and Information Data Center tool
               to examine thawing ice cellars by modeling soil temperature.

Lesson 3 - Graphing Long Term Soil Temperature Change
                In this lesson graph long-term temperature changes in village communities in Alaska.

Lesson 4 - Graphing Albedo and Temperature Data
               In this lesson create graphs depicting temperature change due to changing albedo.

Lesson 5 - Measuring Changing Lakes
               In this lesson measure lake extent using time-series aerial photography.

Lesson 6 - Is Alaska’s Coast Disappearing?
               In this lesson study changes in landscape by comparing a time-series of NASA satellite images.


Cape Halkett, off Alaska's North Slope. Credit: NASA Landsat