Now You “Sea” Ice, Now You Don’t: Penguin communities shift on the Antarctic Peninsula

Type of Resource



In this activity, students investigate the shifting of three penguin communities in response to climate change.

Performance Expectations

HS-LS2-1   Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales

HS-LS2-2   Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.

HS-LS2-6   Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.

HS-ESS3-5   Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.

Science and Engineering Practices

Disciplinary Core Ideas