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In this introductory climate change investigation, students will set up at least one temperature monitoring station at the school and take daily minimum and maximum temperature readings. These local average temperatures can be compared to the global... (View More)

In this open inquiry activity introducing concepts of remote sensing, students will discuss and research different invisible phenomena. They will then test and verify the existence of selected invisible phenomena by using measurement or detection... (View More)

In this introductory activity, students learn about perspective, range and resolution and explain how the optimal viewing zone varies with what it is they want to know. Students view a large object such as a poster, store front, or even a brick wall... (View More)

Students will use remotely sensed images and topographic maps to classify land cover types in their watershed. A field trip to specific sites will allow the students to ground truth cover types found on the remotely sensed images and extrapolate... (View More)

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In this activity serving as an introduction to remote sensing, students list what they remember seeing in a familiar environment, check their accuracy, and discuss the results. Then they apply their experiences and new skills to an unfamiliar... (View More)

Students will create a three-dimensional model from a two-dimensional topographic map. They will use the model to trace the path that a water droplet takes across the watershed and into the watercourse, and will describe the relationship between the... (View More)

The students will learn to identify watersheds on topographic maps by learning how to interpret contour lines and distinguish adjacent watersheds by the ridge line between them. Required materials include laminated 7.5 topographic maps of a local... (View More)

This chapter provides background information to teachers about remote sensing. Topics include the electromagnetic spectrum, sensors and platforms, scale and resolution, geographic information systems, and ground truthing images. The reading is... (View More)

Through a field trip along a local water course students will conduct a visual survey to discover information about local land use and water quality. They will document their findings with mapping and compilation of a river profile and use this... (View More)

In this activity, students explore how maps and models are used to represent the landscape. Students will recreate their school grounds in a sandbox, clay, or a cardboard model. They will then photograph or videotape their model from above and from... (View More)