Browse Formal Resources

Browse Formal Resources

Size Matters: NASA Measures Raindrop Sizes From Space to Understand Storms
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This video explains why the size and shape of raindrops in a cloud matters to scientists, and how the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission is able to provide these measurements from space.
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This lesson uses cubes as a way to graph precipitation data to compare the precipitation averages and seasonal patterns for several different locations. There are several variations to accommodate various ages and ability levels.
OLYMPEX Advanced Data Analysis Exercise
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This data exercise has students look up precipitation ground data and satellite data for a site in Washington State and do a comparison using a data table and a graph. The activity is expected to take about 45 minutes.
Ground Validation and OLYMPEX Webquest – Elementary Version
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You will learn how we measure rain and snow from the ground and from space using satellites, and why we need to check the data using ground validation. This particularly relates to the OLYMPEX Field Campaign.
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You will learn how we measure precipitation from the ground and from space using satellites, and why we need to do ground validation of the satellite data. You will also learn about the OLYMPEX Field Campaign.
Assessing Drought in the United States
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This short animation from the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network shows how decision makers use a variety of data and in-person reports to assess the drought conditions across the United States.
Water Falls - Getting the Big Picture.vtt
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The second spinoff video for the Science on a Sphere film "Water Falls." This video looks at the uses and advantages of remote sensing.
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The purpose of this lesson is to provide students with experience creating models of landforms and bodies of water. Students review the characteristics of landforms and bodies of water in an active game, and then make models of these.
The Water Cycle - Animation
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This animation shows the entire process of the water cycle throughout the course of a day.
Identifying Landforms and Bodies of Water on a Map
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The purpose of this lesson is to expose elementary level students to the practice of “developing and using models” as students explore and identify landforms and bodies of water on a map of the world. It is anticipated that this lesson will take one hour.

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