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Glaciers

In this online activity, learners adjust mountain snowfall and temperature to see how glaciers grow and shrink. They will use scientific tools to measure thickness, velocity and glacial budget. This activity includes an online simulation, sample learning goals, teaching ideas, and translations in over 20 languages.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation

Language:
Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Persian, Polish, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese

Materials List (per student)


  • Computer with online access, current Java software, and mouse

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
    • Earth's History
      • Geologic Time
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Adams, Wendy; Anderson, Bob; Blair, Andrea; Malley, Chris; Paulson, Archie; Perkins, Kathy; Ward, Dylan

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, University of Colorado, ©2011

Funding Sources:

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • Excellence Center of Science and Mathematics Education at King Saud University
  • O'Donnell Foundation

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