LESSON AT A GLANCE
Science, Social Studies
Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
What can be learned about the Earth from satellite images?
Students will be able to do the following:
In this lesson Students will view satellite images of the Earth. These satellite images allow students to learn about rainfall, land temperature, sea temperature as well as a variety of other environmental characteristics. They will then use what they have learned to interpret new satellite images.
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|Preparation and Management||
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1. Give students the Biosphere Student Procedures and a globe. After they have written down as much information as they can about this image, discuss how plant growth is impacted by environment. For example: Ask students to identify a location on the biosphere image where there is very little plant growth. Northern Africa. Have students look at the globe. What is located at this same area? Sahara Desert. Ask them to explore other areas of the image and the globe.
2. Have students go to earthobservatory.nasa.gov and click on the data and images section. Have them explore this web site. Have students choose a satellite image and report to the class on its function.
1. Have several globes available so that students can compare the satellite images to the area on the globe.
2. If your class is learning about a specific geographical area in social studies, use this activity to learn more about that area. Download images that are specific to that area. Have students learn as much as they can about that area by looking at a globe and interpreting the satellite images. Then have a classroom discussion and write down all the information that the students have found from looking at the images.
MATERIALS AND RESOURCES
Student Procedures and Student Worksheets
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STANDARDS AND ASSESSMENT
- All observations are complete and recorded in Student Worksheet 1.
- Observations accurately describe the results.
- Good use of adjectives to describe the observations.
- Writing is clear and understandable.
- Most observations are complete and recorded in Student Worksheet 1.
- Observations describe the results.
- Some observations complete and recorded in Student Worksheet 1.
- Observations attempt to describe the results.
- Writing is difficult to understand.
- Few observations complete and recorded in Student Worksheet 1.
- Does not describe the results.
- No observations are complete.
- Observations are off topic or unrelated.
- Writing is unreadable.