Browse ESS2.A Resources

Browse ESS2.A Resources

Water Cycle Dice Game
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The water cycle may seem simple on the surface, but there are many different ways to move through the process. This page has a few different versions of a Water Cycle Dice game to teach students about the complexities of water in Earth's system.
Temperature data showing difference between winter and summer.
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The monsoon is a seasonal rain and wind pattern that occurs over South Asia (among other places). Through NASA satellites and models we can see the monsoon patterns like never before.
Understanding Earth: Whats Up With Precipitation?
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An educational brochure which explores the importance of fresh water to life on Earth and how NASA is monitoring and studying precipitation using satellites like GPM.
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.
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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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.
Getting the Picture: Our Changing Climate
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This free online interactive resource is a multimedia tool for teaching middle and high school students about climate change. It uses an interdisciplinary approach that infuses geography, science, and art...
Earth Wheel Lesson Plan
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This is the first of three lessons that have been developed to teach students about Earth’s water cycle, the importance of freshwater resources, and how NASA studies water in Earth’s systems.
Water's Family Tree: Where Did it Come From?
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Read about the chemistry of water and how scientists believe it formed and came to be found on Earth.

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