A Global View of the Earth builds upon remote sensing information used in The Adventure of Echo the Bat located at the IMAGERS web site. The educational materials are designed to teach children about light, remote sensing, and biodiversity. Since students will be using remote sensing data from Landsat-7 in this teacher's kit, it is recommended that students complete Units 1 and 2 in The Adventure of Echo the Bat before beginning A Global View of the Earth.
The purpose of this teacher's kit is to provide educators with materials and ideas about teaching changes on the earth using remote sensing data. The educational materials have been targeted for the fifth through eighth grade level. The materials are structured according to the 5 E's constructivist model: Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Extension, and Evaluation. This structure allows teachers to alter the lessons according to their students' level.The teacher's guide contains lesson plans, worksheets, glossary of terms, standards, and a list of resources to enhance the lessons. In each lesson plan, you will find a section called Tips for Teachers. This section is written for the consideration of teachers with various science backgrounds and contains tips to make each lesson successful.
This web site is under development, so bear with us as we incorporate feedback and comments from teachers, like yourselves, that are using these materials in your classrooms during the academic year.
The lessons in A Global View of the Earth have been written according to the standards of the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In the standards section you will find how each unit met these two sets of standards.