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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears

is a new online magazine to help elementary school teachers develop their knowledge of the Arctic and Antarctica and organize science and literacy instruction around polar themes. The first two issues, "A Sense of Place" and "Learning from the Polar Past," provide lessons and readings on data collection and representation, map skills, comparing the Arctic and Antarctica, measuring ice sheets, and paleontology and archaeology. Book recommendations are included. (Ohio State University, National Science Foundation)

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Interesting Fact:

A study of weather and climate naturally lends itself to integration with mathematics, especially the data analysis strand. As students participate in hands-on experience with measuring and recording temperature, air pressure, humidity, and wind speed, they are collecting data that can be graphed and interpreted and lead to further questions and investigations.
Lunch break is no picnic in Antarctica during a 56-day storm on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Lunch break

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