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Mission Geography: Where on Earth Do Humans Live? (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)
Mission Geography uses existing NASA data and images where possible to engage students in active, hands-on inquiry, modeling the scientific method and developing students' understanding of environment-society relations and Earth science. This module focuses on Earth as our home and investigates the physical and human landscapes in which we live. Students learn that the world's population is unevenly distributed, and they begin to understand the environmental factors that influence this distribution. The module contains four investigations in which students identify physical and human-made features using images from space, locate and identify features in the United States, interpret a nighttime image in terms of population distribution and use a nighttime image to identify cities. Each investigation is complete with overview, a list of materials and supplies, content preview, classroom procedures, worksheets, background, and evaluation.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Module / Unit
Subject:
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Space science
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
NASA images generally are not copyrighted. You may use NASA imagery, video and audio material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits and Internet Web pages. This general permission does not include the NASA insignia logo (the blue "meatball" insignia), the NASA logotype (the red "worm" logo) and the NASA seal. These images may not be used by persons who are not NASA employees or on products (including Web pages) that are not NASA sponsored. If the NASA material is to be used for commercial purposes, especially including advertisements, it must not explicitly or implicitly convey NASA's endorsement of commercial goods or services.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-238
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans
        • Understanding about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Changes in environments
        • Characteristics / changes in populations
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How human actions modify the physical env.
    • Places and regions:
      • The physical and human characteristics of places
    • The uses of geography:
      • How to apply geography to interpret the past
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Sarah Witham Bednarz
Texas A&M University, Department of Geography

Publisher: Geography Education National Implementation Project