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Iceberg Calves

Find out how chunks of ice break away from glaciers - a natural process called calving.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. What happened to the Titanic? Where are icebergs found? What is an iceberg calf? In small groups, students investigate icebergs by exploring various electronic and traditional resources. Take notes in an organized format. Work together to summarize main ideas in a written report that will be also presented orally.
    2. With Crayola® Washable Paints on white construction paper, students illustrate what they have learned about icebergs. Outline icy shadows with gray. Use painting as an instructional tool when presenting research summary to classmates. Dry flat.
    3. Students invite younger children or those with special needs to come to your iceberg expo, at which groups present reports and illustrations. Design cool invitations with Crayola Metallic Colored Pencils on white paper. Make ice pops for audience members to thank them for attending the program.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

    LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

    SCI: Analyze maps showing a variety of Earth’s features and the occurrence of geologic hazards to determine the geographic patterns that emerge.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Challenge students to create 3-D models of how icebergs form using Crayola Model Magic and colored cellophane.

    Students investigate iceberg calving at both the North and South Poles. Which region has more significant calving events? Why?

    Working in small groups, students study the technology available today that would have prevented the Titanic disaster in 1912. Students use recycled materials to create an iceberg detection machine and write a summary of how the technology was developed, by whom, and how it works.


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