NASA Wavelength Resources Collection

NASA Wavelength is a collection of resources that incorporate NASA content and have been subject to peer review. You can search this collection using key words and/or the drop down menus to pinpoint resources to use with your audience of learners.
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Just Right: The Goldilocks Effect

In this introductory activity, students learn about perspective, range and resolution and explain how the optimal viewing zone varies with what it is they want to know.

Earth Exploration Toolbook: Annotating Change in Satellite Images

This chapter walks users through a technique for documenting change in before-and-after sets of satellite images. The technique can be used for any set of time-series images that are spatially registered to show the exact same area at the same scale.

How Can We Compare Maps with Images from Space?

Maps and images are examined, compared and contrasted in this introductory lesson. Beginning with the school building map typically posted in their classroom, students analyze the information it contains, describe its features, and determine its purpose.

Exploring Remote Sensing

Students simulate the process of remote sensing by using common materials to represent Earth’s different ground coverings and a light meter to represent satellite instruments. The concept of albedo and its importance in Earth’s radiation budget are introduced.

Earth Exploration Toolbook: Whither Arctic Sea Ice? Earth Exploration Toolbook

This activity's storyline is built around the real-life case study of Dr. Walt Meier, a Sea Ice Scientist from Boulder, Colorado. In the fictional story, the students of Churchill become concerned about wildlife in their region because polar bears have become a nuisance in the town.

A Matter of Perspective

Using different perspectives- the unaided eye, a magnifying lens, and a satellite- provides different information.

MRC: Where is the Best Place to Measure? (Grades 3-5)

This lesson plan teaches how to select the landing site for a planetary surface investigation, using the 5E learning cycle.

Urban Sprawl

In this activity, learners will use satellite images of the San Francisco Bay Area to evaluate urban development in an earthquake-prone region. They will prepare an executive summary of their findings that incorporates diagrams or images. Links to the satellite images are provided.

GPM Scientists Answer Students' Questions About Global Precipitation

This short (11:29 minutes) video features NASA scientists answering a set of student-designed questions related to NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement satellite mission.

Exploring Washington, DC, from Space

In this problem set, learners will analyze an image of Washington, DC, taken from orbit. They will determine scale and take measurements of several features in the image. A link to more images taken from the International Space Station and the answer key are provided.