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Moving Model Glacier


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    Twin Cities Public Television

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Moving Model Glacier

In this goopy activity, learners will model glacial movement with “gak,” a white glue and liquid starch mixture. Each fist-sized gob of gak represents a year’s worth of snow, accumulating to form a “glacier” on a model landscape. Learners will record the gak’s rate of travel as well as make observations of other glacier behaviors. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Glaciers.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
      • Atmosphere
    • Earth's History
      • Geologic Time
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Rate
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
    • States of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • DragonflyTV

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., ©2007

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 610429

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