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Glaciers and Icebergs DLESE Reviewed Collection
This lesson plan provides instruction to teachers for creating a glacier in the classroom to demonstrate how glaciation affects landforms. Learning objectives include student understanding that as glaciers move, they create a variety of patterns on landforms by a process called glacial scraping, that the scraping patterns left by a glacier depend on how the glacier moved over the landform, and that the evidence of glaciation left by glacial scraping provides clues to the climate in a particular place over a long period of time. The site also includes relevant vocabulary words with sound recordings for pronunciation. There are ideas presented for more advanced activities, discussion questions, and additional sources to consult.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lesson plan
  • Cryology
  • Natural hazards
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2003
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-280
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Physical systems:
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Frank Weisel
Tilden Middle School, Rockville, MD

Publisher: Trisha Roberts
Discovery Communications, Inc.