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MY NASA DATA Lesson Plan A: Circle the Earth-Explore Surface Types on a Journey around Earth DLESE Reviewed Collection
This lesson plan uses NASA Clouds and Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument percent coverage surface data with a world map to locate landmasses and bodies of water at the Earth's Equator. When using satellites to study Earth system processes, especially atmospheric processes, it is important to know what is the background that one is seeing on the Earth. This lesson provides an introduction to exploring Earth surface types. The percent water along the Equator is about 77 percent, which is surprisingly representative of the entire planet. At 40N latitude, the percentage water is about 55 percent, so any single latitude is not necessarily representative of the Earth as a whole.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Case study
    • Lesson plan
    • Problem set
    • Project
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - artistic
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
    • Photograph
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Text:
    • Glossary
    • Abstract / Summary
  • Portal:
    • Educational
  • Services:
    • Ask an expert
  • Dataset:
    • Modeled
    • Remotely sensed
  • Tools:
    • Software
  • Physical object
  • Atmospheric science
  • Biology
  • Climatology
  • Space science
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
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This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd648
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Lin H.