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This investigation requires students to locate several major U.S. cities using four different sources: an outline map, a nighttime lights image, an atlas map, and a space shuttle image. After analyzing and comparing the information from those... (View More)

The impacts of natural disasters are described in imaginary pen pal letters from peers who reside in the pathways of four authentic natural disasters: a volcanic lava flow in Hawaii, a volcanic ash cloud in Russia, a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: 1 cent - $1

In this activity, learners will analyze hurricane data, specifically wind speed data and infrared satellite images, to look for evidence of a relationship between wind speed and cloud-top temperature, and between wind speed and surface type. A link... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This activity consists of two student worksheets, where students plot the position of the ten deadliest and ten most expensive hurricanes in the 20th century. Note: updated hurricane data through 2010 is available from NOAA (see related resources).... (View More)

Keywords: Hurricanes
Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

In this activity, learners will use satellite images of the San Francisco Bay Area to evaluate urban development in an earthquake-prone region. They will prepare an executive summary of their findings that incorporates diagrams or images. Links to... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

The difficulties in predicting landfall of a hurricane are modeled In this kinesthetic activity. Students predict the trajectory of a ball rolled to their partner. They conduct several trials, predicting the path of the ball, observing the actual... (View More)

Students observe the process of cloud formation in this demonstration activity using a rectangular pan, small glass, large rectangular pencil eraser, water and a few grains of salt. In a closed system, water vapor floats inside the glass until it... (View More)

Students see that natural hazards present personal and societal challenges by playing a board game that simulates hurricane landfall. Students decide to prepare for, evacuate, do nothing, or stay in their house, and are rewarded for making the right... (View More)

This video describes how to select a soil infiltration study site, and demonstrates procedures used when taking soil infiltration in the field. Instructions for fabricating a necessary piece of field equipment, a dual-ring soil infiltrometer, are... (View More)

This article discusses how the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument found on the Terra satellite is used to understand how particles in the atmosphere interact with sunlight and how particle pollution affects Earth's climate.... (View More)