(Web sites that include lesson plans for teachers are noted with an asterisk [*].)
http://www.ipy.gov/ * The International Polar Year (2007-2008) is a year of scientific and educational activities designed to advance our understanding of how the Earth’s remote polar regions impact global climate systems. It is intended to bring about fundamental advances in many areas of science, and to fire the enthusiasm of young men and women for future careers in science and engineering. In addition to great information about polar regions, there are classroom resources, lists of speakers and exhibitions, and links for more information.
http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/index.html * The Web site of the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History is full of interesting information. Under “Resources” there is an especially helpful link called “Arctic Frequently Asked Questions.” Through the years, the center has been asked countless questions about the Arctic, and they have compiled some of the most common with answers.
http://forces.si.edu/arctic * This is a Web version of the exhibition The Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely, recently on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Some of the video footage from this exhibition is part of the exhibition Thin Ice: Inuit Traditions within a Changing Environment at the Hood Museum of Art.
http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/earlysigns/ Reports from a Warming Planet is a series from the American RadioWorks program. Eleven students from a University of California-Berkeley graduate journalism class, led by environmental journalist Sandy Tolan, took on this assignment: to identify the places around the world where global warming is already making changes to life and landscape. You can read a transcript of the reports, listen to the series, or download it from this site.
http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0601/feature6/index.html This Web site features the article “The Last Days of the Ice Hunter” by Gretel Ehrlich that was published in the January 2006 National Geographic. It also includes field notes from the reporter and some information about global warming.
http://www.pewclimate.org/ The Pew Center on Global Climate Change is the Web site for a group that brings together business leaders, policy makers, scientists, and other experts to focus on the complex issues related to global warming. They offer basic information as well as more in-depth articles on the issue.
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/earth/climate-change New Scientist magazine has an environment page that contains articles related to the subject of global warming, as well as a timeline, quotes, and a frequently (and infrequently) asked questions section.
http://www.loe.org/ Living on Earth, a weekly environmental news and informational radio show distributed by Public Radio International, aired a six-part series called Early Signs: Reports from a Warming Planet in 2006. They have also done reports on Antarctica and related environmental issues. At this site, you can listen to and read the stories or connect to related links.
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/issues_in_depth/20060406.html * This global warming site is part of the New York Times on the Web Learning Network. It is designed for students and teachers and includes many lesson plans on environmental issues for grades 6-12. It has some great sound clips, including one of the ice breaking in the North Pole.
http://epa.gov/climatechange/kids/index.html * This site is designed for kids, but if you are looking for simple and clear language about climate change issues, it will work for you too. It also features games for kids and lesson plans for teachers.
http://www.climatecrisis.net/thescience/ * This site is connected to Al Gore’s film and book An Inconvenient Truth and offers scientific information as well as lesson plans for teachers.
http://www.montshire.org The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont, a Hood Museum of Art neighbor, has a variety of programs and exhibitions planned for winter 2007 to help children explore the science of ice and snow.
(the projects are written for classroom teachers but could be adapted for home projects)
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/ The Discovery Channel’s education Web site has lesson plans to help students understand the climate and weather.
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?BenchmarkID=4&DocID=425 Sciencenet.com has a lesson plan about snow goggles that was developed with the Challenger Center as part of NASA’s Messenger Mission. It illustrates how the use of scientific method can solve different kinds of problems, such as blocking unwanted sunlight. Designed for grades 6–8.
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