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ICE WORLDS – Planetarium

45 minutes – $5.25/student

Suitable for Grades: 7-12

Ice shapes the planet Earth, and many other planets and moons in our solar system. It drives the climate, affects ocean currents, and reshapes the land. Melting ice caused by climate change is also transforming our way of life. Explore these changes and see how our observations of other worlds helps us to further understand our own as well.



Grade 7

Cluster 1: Interactions Within Ecosystems

  • 7-1-01 Use appropriate vocabulary related to their investigations of interactions within ecosystems.
  • 7-1-02 Define ecosystem, and describe various examples that range from the microscopic to the entire biosphere.
  • 7-1-03 Identify abiotic and biotic components of ecosystems that allow particular organisms to survive.
  • 7-1-04 Describe ecological succession and identify signs of succession in a variety of ecosystems.
  • 7-1-05 Identify and describe positive and negative examples of human interventions that have an impact on ecological succession or the makeup of ecosystems.
  • 7-1-06 Identify environmental, social, and economic factors that should be considered in the management and preservation of ecosystems.

Cluster 4: The Earth’s Crust

  • 7-4-01 Use appropriate vocabulary related to their investigations of the Earth’s crust.
  • 7-4-02 Describe the Earth’s structure. Include: crust, mantle, outer core, inner core.
  • 7-4-04 Investigate and describe the processes of weathering and erosion, and recognize that they cause changes in the landscape over time.
  • 7-4-11 Identify environmental, social, and economic factors that should be considered in making informed decisions about land use.
  • 7-4-14 Explain geological processes and events using the theory of plate tectonics. Include: mountain formation, earthquakes, volcanoes.

Grade 8

Cluster 4: Water Systems

  • 8-4-01 Use appropriate vocabulary related to their investigations of water systems.
  • 8-4-06 Describe the components of the global water cycle and explain how it works.
  • 8-4-09 Describe how wave action and ice movement in large bodies of water cause erosion and deposition.
  • 8-4-12 Identify factors that can cause flooding either individually or in combination.

Grade 9

Cluster 4: Exploring the Universe

  • S1-4-08 Differentiate between the major components of the universe.
  • S1-4-09 Explain how various technologies have extended our ability to explore and understand space.
  • S1-4-11 Evaluate the impact of space science and technologies in terms of their benefits and risks to humans.

Grade 10

Cluster 1: Dynamics of Ecosystems

  • S2-1-02 Discuss factors that may disturb biogeochemical cycles. Include: natural events, human activities.
  • S2-1-10 Investigate how human activities affect an ecosystem and use the decision-making process to propose a course of action to enhance its sustainability.

Cluster 4: Weather Dynamics

  • S2-4-01 Illustrate the composition and organization of the hydrosphere and the atmosphere.
  • S2-4-02 Outline factors influencing the Earth’s radiation budget.
  • S2-4-07 Investigate and evaluate evidence that climate change occurs naturally and can be influenced by human activities
  • S2-4-08 Discuss potential consequences of climate change.

Grade 11

Current Topics In The Sciences

  • SLO A2: Recognize both the power and limitations of science as a way of answering questions about the world and explaining natural phenomena.
  • SLO A4: Recognize that science and technology interact and evolve, often advancing one another.
  • SLO B1: Describe scientific and technological developments, past and present, and appreciate their impact on individuals, societies, and the environment, both locally and globally.
  • SLO B2: Recognize that scientific and technological endeavours have been, and continue to be, influenced by human needs and by societal and historical contexts.
  • SLO B3: Identify the factors that affect health and explain the relationships of personal habits, lifestyle choices, and human health, both individual and social.
  • SLO B4: Demonstrate a knowledge of, and personal consideration for, a range of possible science- and technology-related interests, hobbies, and careers.
  • SLO B5: Identify and demonstrate actions that promote a sustainable environment, society, and economy, both locally and globally
  • SLO C1: Demonstrate appropriate scientific inquiry skills, attitudes, and practices when seeking answers to questions.
  • SLO C2: Demonstrate appropriate technological problem-solving skills and attitudes when seeking solutions to challenges and problems related to human needs.
  • SLO C3: Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking and decision-making skills and attitudes when choosing a course of action based on scientific and technological information.
  • SLO C4: Employ effective communication skills and use a variety of resources to gather and share scientific and technological ideas and data.
  • SLO D1: Use the concepts of similarity and diversity for organizing our experiences with the world.
  • SLO D2: Recognize that the universe comprises systems and that complex interactions occur within and among these systems at many scales and intervals of time.
  • SLO D3: Understand the processes and conditions in which change, constancy, and equilibrium occur.
  • SLO D4: Understand how energy is the driving force in the interaction of materials, processes of life, and the functioning of systems.