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Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Videos, 1 minute, 56 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, Polar Regions


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NASA's Earth Minute: Greenland Ice

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  • This concise and explanatory video allows students to understand why scientists are studying the effects of climate change on Greenland's ice sheet. 
  • It shows how global warming is affecting ice sheets and how melting ice sheets can affect the rest of the planet.
Teaching Tips


  • This is a short video that uses animations to clarify the information presented. 
  • The metaphor they use to explain why Greenland's ice is important is clear and easy to understand. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know where Greenland and Antarctica are on a map.
  • Students should know what a tonne is and be familiar with the metric system. 
  • There is a commercial before the video.


  • This would be a great video to demonstrate how changes in one place can have effects in many other areas.
  • In a science class this could be used to show the importance of ice sheets to global climate, sea level, and regional weather patterns.
  • This video could be integrated into a social studies class when learning about geography. 
  • Some related resources are Ice Sheets and NASA Climate Time Machine.
Scientist Notes
This resource explains why scientists are so focused on how much ice is melting in Greenland, and what the impacts are from it. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 6.SL.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS.ESS3.6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity (i.e., climate change).
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