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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)

In this activity, learners will analyze a satellite image of the Missouri River to find evidence that a river channel has changed position over time. They will then build a display, such as a poster or model, that identifies and describes the... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: $1 - $5 per group of students

Subsistence agriculture is introduced and described through text, satellite images, space shuttle photos, ground photos and maps. After reviewing all resources, student teams debate whether intensive subsistence agriculture (e.g., rice production)... (View More)

The force of gravity is the focus of this demonstration using a ruler, string and a paper clip. Students observe that the Earth's gravity is always downward toward the center of the Earth. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the... (View More)

Keywords: Gravity

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

Color is an important tool used in studying and interpreting satellite images. In this set of activities, students will make a color map of the global biosphere, distinguish between and learn the importance of true colors and false colors on... (View More)

Keywords: Biosphere; Mapping
Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: 1 cent - $1 per student

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

This investigation teaches that physical and human features are used to characterize places on Earth. Since types of both features are visible from space, students will use NASA images to complete several activities: matching images to geographic... (View More)

This investigation demonstrates the applicability of images and geography to everyday life. Using an image of a large shopping mall in Huntsville, Alabama, as an example, students will analyze the location of the mall and use of the surrounding... (View More)