The Geography Research Department of the University of Durham (Durham Geography) have developed three worksheets for teachers that provide guidance notes along with example demonstrations and classroom practicals of:
*The drivers of sea level change: isostasy, eustasy and relative sea-level change.
*Salt marshes and sea level: salt marsh succession and its relationship to sea level.
*Microfossils as indicators of past sea level: how salt marshes and the microsfossils preserved within them act as 'geological tide gauges'.
The material is designed to tell a story: from the big picture of the causes of sea-level change, down to the tiny plants and animals that tell scientists how sea level has changed in the past. However, particular elements can also be used on their own. The ideas covered have been designed with Key Stage Four in mind, but can be adapted to any age group.
This resource consists of five lessons in which students research the effect of climate change on glaciers.
The overall learning objectives for the lessons are:
* To understand the definition of a glacier
* To understand what glacier mass balance means (what inputs mass and what are the outputs...