Why Is There One Long Day and One Long Night in Antarctica?
With Antarctica as the focus, this weeklong unit provides an in-depth look at daily and seasonal light changes. Throughout the unit, students collect their findings in a portfolio. The comprehensive curriculum materials contain: Teacher tools, which include individually downloadable readings, detailed daily breakdowns of tasks, teacher strategies for using the activities, a portfolio grading sheet, a project rubric sheet, and additional readings; an online activity in which students plug in data in order to see daily and seasonal light patterns on a globe or world map; a hands-on experiment in which students replicate how the Earth simultaneously revolves on its axis and around a light source; a Q&A interview with a safety and health engineer that details what it takes to keep an Antarctic research station running year-round; and a student handout with guidance for putting together their portfolios and examples of creative final projects.
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Activity, Curriculum, Unit of instruction
American Museum of Natural History