Instructor Materials: Overview of the Ice Mass and Sea Level Changes Module
- Students will interpret geodetic data to assess spatial patterns and causes of ice mass loss.
- Students will evaluate the impact of ice sheet mass change on global and regional sea level and consider societal implications of ice sheet mass and sea level changes.
Supports Earth Science Big Ideas ESBI-1: Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet, ESBI-3: Earth is a complex system of interacting rock, water, air, and life, ESBI-4: Earth is continuously changing, ESBI-5: Earth is the water planet, ESBI-9: Humans significantly alter the Earth and Climate Literacy Principles CLP-2: Climate is regulated by complex interactions among components of the Earth system, CLP-4: Climate varies over space and time through both natural and man-made processes, CLP-5: Our understanding of the climate system is improved through observations, theoretical studies, and modeling, CLP-6: Human activities are impacting the climate system, CLP-7: Climate change will have consequences for Earth system and humans. (links open in new windows)
The summative assessment asks students to apply their learning about ice mass and sea level changes related to Greenland to similar data sets from the Antarctic. It can be administered as high-stakes exam questions, a homework assignment after the module has been completed, or an in-class exercise at the end of the module. Learn more about assessing student learning in this module.
The module covers material sequentially, but the units can also often be taught as stand-alone lessons. For instructors who do not wish to use the module in its entirety, suggested pairings are included in the "Context for Use" section on each unit's page.
Making the Module Work
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