Third from the Sun

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
4 5 6 7 8 9
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); University of California, Berkeley (UCBerkeley)
Summary:Since our beginnings, we humans have had a narrow view of our home - Earth. For many years, standing on the ground and looking around or climbing a mountain and squinting down were the most useful ways people had of trying to understand the planet's surface. Only in the past few hundred years have we been able to better understand what the planet really looks like. We no longer needed to rely on a mountain to climb to take a look around. From hot air balloons to airplanes, and finally with satellites in outer space, we take pictures from above that help us better understand the Earth. In 1972, NASA launched a special satellite called Landsat that contained a new camera designed to take pictures of the Earth. Why was this satellite so incredible? Well, it could take a series of pictures of almost the entire Earth over and over again, season after season, month after month, year after year. You will be seeing Landsat images in this activity to look at various pictures and determine what the image is showing you.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 6
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS2-2; MS-ESS2-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 6-8; earth science; earth science week; k-5 geosource; maps; middle school; space
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