Activity 3 (Explore): Why Are Sea Levels Rising?
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In this activity, students design and run experiments to determine whether sea ice or land ice is having a bigger effect on sea level rise. They then use this information to draw conclusions about which is more responsible for the sunny day flooding from their original phenomenon.
Activity Objectives & Materials
Approximate Time: 1-2 class periods (60-90 minutes)
Students will design and conduct experiments to determine the effect of melting land and sea ice on sea level change.
Materials (see activity for details on these materials)
Computer & projector
Ice, Water, Measuring cups, Containers, Rulers, Clay or other materials to make “land”
Scale (optional to weigh ice)
Heat lamp (optional)
What is Causing the Ocean to Rise?
1. Frame the Activity
2. Where is the Water Coming From?
3. Land Ice vs. Sea Ice
4. Design the Experiment
5. Variables, Controls, and Data Gathering
6. Write a Hypothesis
7. Build the Setups
8. Run the Experiment
9. Data Analysis
10. Sensemaking Discussion
11. Check In With Questions
12. Conclusions (Formative Assessment)