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Part A: What is the Arctic? (time in classroom required: two 45-minute class periods) In this activity students brainstorm their knowledge about the Arctic and build a concept map of different aspects of the Arctic environment. Students try to define the Arctic and after peer-review correct their definitions. Assessments: Concept Maps, Peer-review of Definition of Arctic, Worksheet questions Part B: A Virtual Trip to the Arctic (time in classroom required: two 45-minute class periods) Students take a virtual tour of the Arctic and Arctic research sites using Google Earth. Assessments: Google Earth kmz files, worksheet questions, Thinking Further questions Part C: Collecting Your Own Meteorological Data (time in classroom required: two to three 45-minute class periods) Students conduct hands-on experiments measuring albedo, relative humidity, and soil temperature using simple classroom methods. In this jigsaw activity, they regroup and analyze the data in teams and discuss questions that have them think further. Then they research and identify scientific instruments at the Eureka Arctic meteorological tower. Assessments: Data collection sheets, responses to discussion questions Extension Activity I: Using ImageJ for Albedo Measurements (time required: one 45-minute class period) Students use ImageJ, a free image processing software, to measure albedo digitally on images of their own choice. Assessment: Estimated and measured albedo values
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