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# Teaching with Visualizations

Created by Last updated 7/23/2015

• ## Draw Your Own Visualization

Students learn about visualization elements by designing and drawing their own visualizations. | Grade Level: K-8
AAAS Benchmarks: 12D/M2, 12D/M9, 9B/H4
• ## Exploring Relationships Between Two Variables

By examining a time series of environmental data maps, students work in teams to explore the connections between parts of the Earth system. | Grade Level: K-8
AAAS Benchmarks: 9A/M8, 9D/H6a, 4B/H3
• ## How Does Color Help Us Understand Images From Space?

Students interpret colors in a range of satellite images to recognize global vegetation patterns. They distinguish between true color and false color images and examine how geographers and scientists use false color images to study the Earth's surface. | Grade Level: K-5
AAAS Benchmarks: 1A/E2, 3A/P1

• ## Vertical Height of the Atmosphere

This lesson includes four activities. Activity 1 introduces concepts related to distance, including length and height and units of measurement. Students are asked to make comparisons of distances. In activity 2, students learn about the vertical profile of the atmosphere. They work with a graph and plot the heights of objects and the layers of the atmosphere. In activity 3, students learn about other forms of visual displays using satellite imagery. They compare images of a hurricane using two different satellite images. One image is looking down on the hurricane from space, the other looks (from CALIPSO) through the hurricane to display a profile of the hurricane. Activity 4 reinforces the concept of the vertical nature of the atmosphere. Students will take a CALIPSO satellite image that shows a profile of the atmosphere and use this information to plot mountains and clouds on their own graph of the atmosphere. | Grade Level: K-5
AAAS Benchmarks: 3A/M2, 9B/M3, 9C/M5, 12B/M5, 12C/M3
• ## What Are Physical and Human-made Features?

Students identify physical and human-made features using satellite images. They match images of physical features with definitions and identify physical and human features in several images of United States cities. | Grade Level: K-5
AAAS Benchmarks: 1A/E2
• ## Blue Marble Matches: Using Earth for Planetary Comparisons

In this activity students are introduced to geologic processes on Earth and model how scientists better understand other planetary bodies in the solar system through comparisons with our Earth. | Grade Level: K-8
AAAS Benchmarks: 1A/H1, 4A/M3, 4C/E1, 4C/M2b, 4C/M8, 9E/E1
• ## Climate Change Online Lab

Students use NASA's Global Climate Change website to research five key indicators of Earth's climate health and use this information, shared in their expert groups, to create an informative poster about their assigned key indicator. | Grade Level: 6-8
AAAS Benchmarks: MS-ESS3-5,
• ## Geographical Influences on Climate

Climatograms from different U.S. locations are used to observe patterns in temperature and precipitation. After describing geographical features near these locations, students use graphical data to compare and identify the effects that mountains, oceans, elevation, and latitude have on temperature and precipitation. | Grade Level: 6-8
AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/M9, 4B/M14
• ## Hurricane Katrina

This problem-based learning module asks students to consider how climate change could impact the frequency and intensity of hurricanes. They study the trends and impacts of hurricanes on coastal regions and are guided through numerous resources to explore this question for a final report. | Grade Level: 6-12
AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E5, 3C/H4
• ## Learning to Use Visualizations

This activity introduces students to the idea of using visualizations as a tool for scientific problem-solving. Elevation and temperature are used as examples. | Grade Level: 6-12
AAAS Benchmarks: 9A/M8
• ## Monitoring the Global Environment

This is an online interactive module with lessons plans to teach students about remote-sensing capabilities, spatial and temporal scale, and satellites that are continuously collecting data to monitor our Earth. | Grade Level: 6-12
AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/H4, 3A/M2

• ## Exploring Color Maps: Using Stratospheric Ozone Data

Through the use of the 5E instructional model, students discover the value of using color maps to visualize data. The activity requires students to create a color map of the ozone hole from Dobson data values derived from the Aura satellite. Students then interpret that map and compare and evaluate different color scales. | Grade Level: 9-12
AAAS Benchmarks: 9B/H4, 11B/H1a

• ## Visualizing Earth Systems: A Quick Start Guide for Educators

This page features visualizations from the NASA Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS). Each provides a unique perspective of the complexity and interconnectedness of Earth's systems.
• ## Interview with NASA Scientists

In this video interview, NASA scientists answer student questions about a visualization showing global precipitation.