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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 article discusses how Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites work, and how the TOPEX and Jason-1 satellites use GPS data in making very precise topological maps of the oceans. The article includes an activity. Students are divided into two... (View More)

Keywords: GPS; Mapping

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)

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)

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)

In this investigation, students use a a homemade psychrometer to measure relative humidity Two metal thermometers, a small piece of cloth, string, and a timer are required materials. The resource includes a chart which students use to calculate... (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

Using both literature (a book featuring a path, such as Little Red Riding Hood) and satellite images, students will identify paths, observe and analyze them from different altitudes, and distinguish natural paths from those made by humans. Students... (View More)

Learning cloud terminology is supported by this activity where students use cotton balls and construction paper to create cirrus, cumulus, and stratus clouds. A cloud chart and altitude chart are provided for use by students. The resource is part of... (View More)

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