unit is a comprehensive collection of activities related
to satellites and remote sensing. The purpose of this unit
is to provide students with an opportunity to learn a large
number of new concepts via an easy-to-use format. By integrating
the topic of remote sensing into many different academic
subject areas the learners will have greater opportunity
for review and retention. Students will learn about remote
sensing by doing a variety of primarily hands-on activities,
make the comprehension of a relatively difficult subject
possible and enjoyable.
of the lessons in this unit were written by our staff, we
found the others on the wonderful world wide web. Each lesson
is complete and even includes links to printable materials
for your photocopying needs. Though you can travel through
the lessons in any order you choose, it is best to start
with lesson one and end with lesson four as some of the
later activities may require certain prerequisite knowledge
learned via the earlier lessons. Another option is to "team
teach" the unit. This would mean that the History teacher
would teach the history lesson, the Art teacher would teach
the art lesson, etc. We at Making Waves are certain that
your students will enjoy all the activities, regardless
of the delivery method you choose.
One: Remote Sensing in History
is an excellent activity created by NASA. It covers the basic
concept of remote sensing, Q and A for discussion, and key
terms. It even has an online quiz and word search. We recommend
that you start here. Go through the entire site with
your students. It's a great starting point.
Two: Sensory Remote Sensing
is a wonderful activity to familiarize students with the concept
of "remote sensing." By using their "senses"
students "remotely" create a diagram of a classroom.
This strong hands-on activity offers students the opportunity
to create a black-and-white or color diagram, to explore their
senses, and to work as a team.
Three: Graphing Stratospheric Ozone
site combines a number of academic areas, namely Mathematics,
Geography and Science. Students are asked to observe data
and then create a graph using the information they have received.
This site offers an excellent opportunity for any teacher
who has ever taught how to interpret and graph data.
Four: Coded Signals From Space
Art and Science are combined in this activity to help students
investigate the processes involved in creating a satellite
Five:Visible and Infared Imaging
practice their observation and discussion skills in this "enlightening"
Earth From Space
the "Earth From Space" section from the Lesson Plan
area of this wonderful site. This lesson will help students
improve their research and writing skills.
Seven: Create Your Own Satellite
by our Making Waves staff member Diane Erwin, this
activity is a comprehensive culmination of all the other lessons.
Complete with everything from letters to parents to detailed
photos, this lesson opens the door to creativity as students
create their own satellites from everyday household objects.