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Remote sensing detects both human and physical features by using seven distinct image elements: tone, shape, size, pattern, texture, shadow and association. Students are introduced to each of these elements individually through images, descriptions... (View More)

In this activity, learners will use web-based satellite images and other data to investigate the ocean near six different harbors and determine where nature helps the most when it comes to dealing with an oil spill. They will then fill out a mock... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

Similar features exist on the surfaces of Earth and Mars. This investigation includes satellite images of five Earth features and five Martian features, none of which are labeled. Students must compare and contrast those images to produce five... (View More)

In this activity, students compare and contrast the visual perspectives that result when viewing objects from different distances. In part one of this lesson, students view simple shapes from varying distances and record their observations. Then, in... (View More)

Comparing the amounts of land and water on Earth's surface leads students to discover why it is called the water planet. Students examine photos of Earth taken from space, analyze the results of a globe toss game and compare ocean sizes using pieces... (View More)

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

Multiple activities illustrate the concept of changes in bodies of water over time. Emphasis is placed on the use of remote sensing to monitor changes in water bodies that are due to climate change, erosion, drought, human intervention and natural... (View More)

The human activity featured in this investigation is the choice of settlement sites. Beginning with an analysis of the location of their own town, students consider the negative and positive aspects of both natural and human made features. Students... (View More)

In this activity, learners will use a series of satellite images of Yellowstone National Park to analyze regrowth and recovery after a major forest fire. They will then prepare a memo that explains which two sites near the Old Faithful Geyser that... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

Maps and images are examined, compared and contrasted in this introductory lesson. Beginning with the school building map typically posted in their classroom, students analyze the information it contains, describe its features, and determine its... (View More)

Keywords: Satellite images
Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: 1 cent - $1 per student

The sustainability of the Nile as a water resource is investigated using maps, photos, data, graphs and a role-playing activity. Student groups will represent each of the 10 countries in the Nile River Basin. Data cards are provided for students to... (View More)

Keywords: Watershed