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Ch 11: Glaciers: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Glaciers unit of this AP Environmental Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the formation of glaciers. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP Environmental Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about different types of glaciers. There is no faster or easier way to learn about environmental science. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about glacial processes and movements.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need an environmental science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Glaciers unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Glaciers Unit Objectives:

  • Learn about the processes involved in glacial erosion.
  • Define glacial deposition and explain the results.
  • Explain how accumulation affects the formation of glaciers.
  • Read about the formation of pluvial lakes.
  • Discover the causes of glaciation.

7 Lessons in Chapter 11: Glaciers: Homeschool Curriculum
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What Are Glaciers? - Definition, Types & Processes

1. What Are Glaciers? - Definition, Types & Processes

Learn about the two major types of glaciers: continental and alpine glaciers. These glaciers shape the landscape around them and affect our everyday lives, even if the nearest glacier is thousands of miles away.

Glacier Movement: Definition & Process

2. Glacier Movement: Definition & Process

Glaciers are mountains of ice that move. This movement is usually a combination of processes that include internal plastic deformation and basal sliding. Learn about these processes and factors that increase glacial flow rates.

The Effect of Accumulation & Wastage on Glacier Formation

3. The Effect of Accumulation & Wastage on Glacier Formation

Glaciers grow through a process called accumulation and waste away through a process called wastage, or ablation. Learn about these processes and how they are used to determine the health, or mass balance, of a glacier.

Glacial Erosion: Definition, Processes & Features

4. Glacial Erosion: Definition, Processes & Features

Glaciers are huge blocks of ice that move along the landscape, carving distinct features along the way. Learn about the glacial erosion processes, plucking and abrasion, and the features they create, including cirque, horns, arĂȘte and roche moutonnee.

Glacial Deposition: Definition & Results

5. Glacial Deposition: Definition & Results

As glaciers move and retreat, they push and drop rocks and sediments in a process known as glacial deposition. Learn about this glacial process and the interesting landforms that result from it, including moraines, erratics and drumlins, in this lesson.

The Effect of Ice Age Glaciers: Formation of Pluvial Lakes

6. The Effect of Ice Age Glaciers: Formation of Pluvial Lakes

Ice age glaciers caused erosion and deposition, which resulted in unique features such as horns, cirques, lakes, U-shaped valleys, moraines and drumlins. Indirect effects include pluvial lakes, isostatic depression and a change in sea level.

Causes of Glaciation

7. Causes of Glaciation

Glaciation refers to being covered with glaciers. Learn about the theories behind glaciation, including the changing continental positions and the Milankovitch theory, which points to three orbital variations: eccentricity, obliquity and precession, in this lesson.

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