Learn all about the history (including truly fascinating geological history) of the world’s largest island, its culture and economy. Who lives in Greenland, what do the people live on, how do they travel, are they worried about climate change?
In this package, dedicated to one of the most recognizable Arctic regions, students will combine knowledge about this place with hands-on activities, involving observations, data analysis, working with figures, calculations.
As a warm up, students work with map, trying to recognize some famous places/forms on a map of Greenland. Once they are successful, they can read more about each of them, by clicking “i” icon nexto to their names. A short animated video (1:44) 9 short fun facts about Greenland are presented. It’s a great opportunity to begin the lesson with gathering what they already know about Greenland and what are their associations with the island.
CLIMATE AND HYDROSPHERE
This part quite elaborated, as Greenland plays an important role in global climate. It is dedicated to current climate conditions in Greenland, but also to climate changes: how they affect Greenland. It also presents 4 temperature scales and how to convert them with a short activity dedicted to temperatures in one of Greenland’s locations. Students “observe” and note temperature in Greenland’s capital and compare with given monthly average. The they observe the importance of Greenland icesheet (view from space, how it’s changing). Then, using an interactive image, they can learn about and discuss possible global consequences of melting Greenland. But there is also a different perspective: what does climate change mean for Greenlanders? Do they fear therse changes. Students can watch a video and create a mind map using predefined concepts and links, deciding which are positive and which are negative.
GEOLOGY AND LANDSCAPE
First, students get briefly acquainted with fascinating geological history of Greenland, using presentation to learn about rocks, mountainous formations and geological past of the island. They can briefly discuss: has Greenland always been covered by ice? Is it geologically young or old? Are there any mountains? Tectonically, it belongs to which plate? Then students fill in the survey: what would happen with Greenland, with the entire icesheet melted? It’s a good opportunity to mention post-glacial rebound. Finally, an issue of mass balance of glaciers is briefly introduced. Students analyse figure from scientific paper nd recognize processes occuring in 3 glaciers.
Abundant flora is not usually associated with Greenlandic landscape. However, students will learn that there are hundreds of plants. They will get acquainted with some of them, identifying them using an illustrated guide. Finally, they will analyse adaptations of one particular plant – Scheuchzer’s cottongrass – to harsh tundra conditions.
After a short video dedicated to fauna in Greenland, and Greenlandic shark in particular, students will dive deep into whales, trying to recognize 3 species most frequently visitind waters around Greenland. This time students will have to be more active and prepare a text about whales on their own, using “fill in the blanks” activity.
Here students will gain general knowledge of Greenlandic economy, and do some activites: observe data regarding export of products, public income and supply balance in Greenland. 2 unusual resources will be
Students will listen to Greenlandic language and traditional music, but they will also get familiar with political system and TIMELINE of Greenlandic history, with popping-out information. Additionally, they will try to create a hypothesis: why did Dorset culture, (which was so prolific in Greenland) disappear without a genetic trace?
Wrap-up section contains 5 quizzes allowing to assess students’ knowledge, but also a presentation summarizing ll the important information in the package.