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Glaciers on the Move

Summary:  In an inquiry base activity, students learn about how glaciers move by observing how a "flubber" glacier slides down a tiny mountain valley. While honing their observation skills, they will learn how slope and basal conditions (roughness of the ground surface) affect glacier movement.

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National Standards Addressed:

 

  • 2nd Grade

    • 2-ESS-1: Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.

      • ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth

      • ESS2.A: Wind and water can change the shape of the land.

  • 4th Grade

    • 4-ESS2.1: Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.

      • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems

  • Middle School

    • MS-EE2-S: Construct and explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.

      • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

Colorado State Standards Addressed:

 

  • 5th Grade

    • Earth Science 3.2: Earth’s surface changes constantly through a variety of processes and forces.

  • 6th Grade

    • Earth Systems Science 3.1: Complex interrelationships exist between Earth’s structure and natural processes that over time are both constructive and destructive.

  • 2nd Grade

    • 2-ESS-1: Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.

      • ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth

      • ESS2.A: Wind and water can change the shape of the land.

  • 4th Grade

    • 4-ESS2.1: Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.

      • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems

  • Middle School

    • MS-EE2-S: Construct and explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.

      • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes