This collection of resources consists of a set of lessons through which Key Stage Three students investigate the impacts of climate change on glaciers. The learning objectives are: *To understand the definition of a glacier *To understand what glacier mass balance means (what inputs mass and what are the outputs) *To understand how glaciers are affected by climate change *To know where glaciers are located *To understand the factors that influence where glaciers are located *To recognise that altitude, latitude and continentality are the factors which influence the location of glaciers *To understand the impact that shrinking glaciers have on the world. This resource was produced by the Climate Change Schools Project, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and in association with the Department of Geography at Durham University and Science Learning Centre North East.

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Glaciers

This lesson introduces students to the effects of climate change on glaciers. The resource sheet gives information what a glacier is, how they are formed and what the different types are. A card sort game is included, asking students to match terms to explanations, separate glacial inputs and outputs and place in...

Lesson 2: Where Are Glaciers Located?

This resource explores the factors which affect the location of glaciers through a series of activities. In pairs students identify 5 countries which they think have permanent ice from a given list and justify their choices. They then mark on a world map where they think glaciers are located, indicating size and...

Lesson 3: Research a Glacier

In this resource, students investigate how glaciers respond to climate change by building a model of a glacier and observing how fast it melts. The class can be split into groups, each researching a different glacier so that comparisons can be made. Information sheets are provided for seven glaciers. This resource...

Lesson 4: Glacier Research

In this resource, students investigate how glaciers respond to climate change by building a model of a glacier and observing how fast it melts. The data is analysed further using the Glacier vulnerability matrix which ranks the glaciers risk of melting due to its area, thickness, altitude and latitude. This...

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