Iceberg Calves

Iceberg Calves lesson plan

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

  • 1.

    What happened to the Titanic? Where are icebergs found? What is an iceberg calf? In small groups, investigate icebergs further 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 and Paint Brushes on white construction paper, illustrate what you learned about icebergs. Outline icy shadows with gray. You will use your painting as an instructional tool when you present your research summary. Dry flat.

  • 3.

    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 your program.


  • Children locate information about glaciers, iceberg calves, and icebergs,  selecting appropriate traditional and electronic sources and strategies.
  • Students depict an authentic setting in which icebergs would be found.
  • Children organize and present the main ideas from their research by delivering research reports with their visuals.


  • Challenge students to create three-dimensional models of how icebergs form using Crayola Model Magic and colored cellophane.
  • Explore the technology available today that would have prevented the Titanic disaster. Create your own iceberg detection machine with recycled boxes.
  • Time how long it takes to melt ice in different conditions: water, sunshine, outdoors at various temperatures. Record findings.