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Namib From Space

Instructional Objectives
Background Material
Procedure
Evaluation / Alternative Assessment
Web Resources


Instructional Objectives:

Students will:
  1. View photos from space of the Namib Desert through the World Wide Web
  2. Analyze the photos from Namib and identify the landmarks from space
  3. Develop the skill of researching areas of interest on the World Wide Web

Background Material:

Satellite photos of the different areas of the world are available on the World Wide Web. These photos are available to those who wish to see the world from space. NASA, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration makes available to the public, photos taken in space from different areas of the world.
(Web site: http://spacelink.nasa.gov/Instructional.Materials/)

Target Grade Level:

Middle Level Students, 6-8

Materials Needed:

  • A computer with access to the World Wide Web
  • A computer with a printer, color printer preferred
  • Africa maps which are available through social studies catalogs or can be downloaded from Africa Web sites
  • Hand lenses for close examination

Procedure:

  1. Have students search the NASA spacelink Web sites below to find landmarks and space photos on the World Wide Web.
  2. Have students download and print satellite photos/maps of Namibia found on the World Wide Web.
  3. Teacher will instruct how to interpret photos and maps.
  4. Students will then analyze space photos and maps to identify landmarks in Namibia from space with teacher guidance.

Evaluation/Alternative Assessment:

Observe students using the computer to search space photo resources on the World Wide Web. Also, have students print space photos/maps and analyze the images. Have students present their research and downloaded photos in class presentations.

Elementary Extension:

This is a complex activity and may be very difficult for younger children. Simple activities such as viewing a satellite photos of Namib landmarks and of clouds over Africa is a good discussion activity. Students may then have reproduce the cloud cover on a map of Africa in addition to the recognition of specific landmarks of Namib.

High School Extension:

The potential for extensions for this activity at the high school level are endless. Students can invest some time in real data research on the project to identify landmarks of Namib and follow the weather in Namib from weather satellites for an extended period of time. Additionally, students can examine the surround weather of Namib and make decisions as to how the weather in surrounding countries may affect Namib weather.

Web Resources:

For Namib Landmarks:
http://spacelink.nasa.gov/Instructional.Materials/
Then under search request: Photos of Namibia

Information on how to read weather maps: (for extensions)
University of Illinois
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/maps/home.rxml

USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wmapread.htm

National Weather Service
http://www.srh.weather.gov/srh/jetstream/synoptic/wxmaps.htm

Weather Maps:
http://weather.yahoo.com/regional/Africa.html
http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Walvis_Bay_NM_c.html
http://spacelink.nasa.gov/Instructional.Materials/Curriculum.Materials/Geography/Earth.Images.From.Space/.index.html
http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/
http://search.spacelink.nasa.gov/

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