Teachers Page Part II: Search for Ice and Snow
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Purpose for "Search for Ice and Snow"
In this activity, students practice communicating in terms of latitude and longitude
to try to guess where there are snowy mountainous places on the Earth. Then they
verify their guesses by examining Earth images acquired by the Space Shuttle.
- location north or south of Earth's equator as specified in degrees of arc between
0 degrees (equator) and plus or minus 90 degrees (North and South Pole, respectively);
degrees may be subdivided into 60 minute divisions, each of which may be subdivided
into 60 second divisions.
- location east or west of the Prime Meridan of the Earth as specified in degrees
between zero and plus or minus 180 degrees
- Prime Meridian
- A semicircular line extending from the North Pole to the South Pole of the Earth
and passing through [a particular location in the Observatory in] Greenwich, England.
? Can you think any more vocabulary words? If so, send them to
the author: Alan Gould
- Have students find an atlas of the Earth from which to make a list of snowy mountainous
areas on Earth that could support skiing. They can bring the lists to have another
session of finding Earth images on the Internet that verify locations with snowy
- Have students look for snowy mountains on other bodies in our solar system. One
place to start looking is at the home page of SEDS
(Students for Exploration and Development of Space).
- Have students submits their lists of verified snowy mountainous locations.
- Find a partular image that has an especially interesting land feature in it and
challenge students to (a) find the image from specified coordinates and (b) try to
identify what the feature is.
Items listed in "Homework" (above) can also
be used as extensions
National Standards--Grades 5-8 Content Standards:
(page 145) "Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and
interpret data. The use of tools and techniques, including mathematics, will be guided
by the question asked and the investigations students design. The use of computers
for the collection, summary, and display of evidence is part of this standard. Students
should be able to access, gather, store, retrieve, and organize data, using hardware
and software designed for these purposes."
Other On-line Activities and Resources related to Search
for Ice and Snow:
- Ice On
- Other SEGway activities here ???
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