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Polar Games and Activities

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Animation showing Annual Variation of Sea Ice Extent in the Arctic

Animation showing Annual Variation of Sea Ice Extent in the Antarctic

Changing Planet:  The Case of the Leaky Gyre

Changing Planet:  Melting Glaciers

Changing Planet:  Permafrost Gas Leak

Compare Images of Arctic Sea Ice Extent Side-by-side

Compare Images of Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Side-by-side

Earth's North Magnetic Pole interactive

Graphing Sea Ice Extent in the Arctic and Antarctic A classroom activity for grades 5-12 where students graph sea ice extent (area) in both polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic) over a three-year period to learn about seasonal variations and over a 25-year period to learn about longer-term trends.

Model a Moving Glacier - Make a model of glacier motion and then experiment with it.

Polar Jigsaw Puzzles - Want a challenge? Try 12x12 piece puzzles!

Polar Wordsearch Puzzle Try all three levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced!

Postcards from the Field - Antartica - Send a postcard yourself!

 

Last modified May 2, 2011 by Jennifer Bergman.

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