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Related Links Learn more about teaching with jigsaws This activity kicks off with a warm-up exercise in which students read the NOAA State of the Climate report to learn about the Arctic environment, then propose three questions that they might like to learn about the Arctic. This part of the activity may be assigned as homework. The main portion of this curriculum is a jigsaw activity that uses datasets for air temperature, wind speed, snow depth, and incoming solar radiation. Students form 'Research Groups' to learn about their assigned weather parameter and to work from a graph to describe how their parameter varies through the year. Then the groups recombine and form 'Research Teams.' Each team is assigned a different purpose for visiting the Arctic. Research Team 1 â Testing a fat-tired bicycle for travel across a snowy surface for field research Research Team 2 â Collecting seeds from Arctic wildflowers Research Team 3 â Astronomy research and photographing the night sky Research Team 4 â Annual visit to maintain meteorological instruments at the research station. The Research Teams consider each weather parameter to come up with a synthesis of the overall weather in Eureka, then decide when the best time for a trip would be. Because each team has a different role to play, they will come up with different answers. Lastly, students work individually to consider whether they, personally, would want to visit the Arctic. They go on to describe how the Arctic weather, particularly the winter, differs from their own hometown. An optional follow-on activity involves a group project to create an infographic that illustrates the weather in Eureka.
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