Professional Development Night at Rutgers University Tuesday October 18, 2016 5 pm – 8 pm

Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Program

We utilized the lostsealLTER children’s’ books the Lost Seal and Sea Secrets to explore a changing climate in Antarctseasecretsica.

Who Attended:  Twenty-eight NJ K-5 educators attended the workshop.  We worked with Filipa  Carvalho, a PhD candidate who has done extensive work in Antarctica.  Educators participated in hands-on activities and shared ideas about using non-fiction books and art to enhance their science program.

Workshop Resources:

Welcome Introductory Power Point (Janice McDonnell)  This is a PDF of the opening slides explaining the LTER program, an introduction to Polar-ICE, the differences and similarities between Antarctica and the Arctic, and information on upcoming Polar-ICE opportunities.

Google Earth tour of Antartica


MARE educator Jason Draine checks out the activities.


Nancy Fitzgerald shows off a student art project.What is this in Antarctica?

What is this in Antarctica?  Power Point Presentation (Nancy Fitzgerald)

What is it? Worksheet: This is a workspace for students to that notes on identifying the organisms pictured.

Identification Worksheet:  Students use claim, evidence and reasoning to make a case for their identifications.

What is it ? Field Guide: Students can use this information to research their organism and build their evidence.


Joanna Chierici, Melvin H. Kreps MS offers new lesson ideas for MARE educators.


Ice core made with a Pringles can.


Ice core poster created by students.

Ice Cores:  Power Point Presentation (Joanna Chierici, Melvin H. Kreps MS)

Ice Cores Worksheet: This is a worksheet to help students interpret the ice core samples.

Creative ideas for using children’s literature to teach science.