Ch 11: Glaciers Processes Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Glaciers Processes chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the different types of glaciers and their movements. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Glaciers Processes chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Glaciers;
Glacier Movement;
The Effect of Accumulation and Wastage on Glacier Formation
The composition and movement of glaciers;
How ice mountains gradually move;
What happens when ice and snow are added to glaciers
Tuesday Glacial Erosion The effects of glacial movement on the landscape
Wednesday Glacial Deposition What happens during glacial deposition
Thursday The Effect of Ice-Age Glaciers Glacial deposition and glacial erosion
Friday Causes of Glaciation How glaciation occurs

7 Lessons in Chapter 11: Glaciers Processes Lesson Plans
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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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