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This series of ten lessons has been developed to teach students about local and global water issues. They are based on NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission. The activities are done largely outdoors and include scientific data... (View More)

In this activity, students will watch a short video on the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, learn about the parts of the satellite, and then construct their own edible model of GPM. This lesson uses the 5E instructional model.

This activity involves the use of satellite imagery to derive observations. Using an introductory Landsat classroom activity, learners will compare two images from North Dakota to quantify how much of the land surface that was water in 1997 has been... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This activity is about the role of plants as carbon sinks. Using atom signs made of construction paper, a blanket and other materials, learners will visualize the role of plants in storing carbon and discuss what may lead to its release. This the... (View More)

This activity is about underwater mapping and its importance in deep-water exploration. Working in groups, learners will use bathymetric survey data to create a two-dimensional topographic map. They will use that map to create a three-dimensional... (View More)

This activity is about the relationship between habitat and wildlife. After reading and discussing a story on prairie potholes and waterfowl, learners will use hula hoops, packing peanuts and other materials to simulate prairie pothole destruction... (View More)

This activity is about habitat loss. Using hula hoops, traffic cones, rope and other materials, students will play a version of the game "tag" where they will simulate the impact of development on wildlife populations. The students will be able to... (View More)

This activity is about the process of transecting, by which researchers divide an area into smaller plots that can be investigated more closely for biotic and abiotic samples. Learners will be able to determine the presence of wildlife by recording... (View More)

This activity is about the carbon cycle. Using construction paper and signs, learners will simulate chemical bonds and the energy exchanges that take place during the carbon cycle. They will then respond to questions about the processes of... (View More)

In this activity, student teams explore connections between parts of the Earth system, by examining a time series of environmental data maps. By examining scientific visualizations of a data pair in two time slices, they will see that the... (View More)

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