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Subjects Educational Technology

Mathematics
  • Measurement
Science
  • Space Science
Social Studies
  • Geography
Grades
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students use maps to identify the ten cities highlighted on an image of Earth at night as seen from space.

Objectives

Students will
  • identify the seven continents on a map image of Earth as seen from space.
  • use map resources to identify ten selected cities on the Earth at Night map work sheet.

Keywords

map, Earth, space, night, population, countries, cities, country, city, continent, satellite

Materials Needed[shopmaterials]

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students use maps to identify places on a map image of the world at night taken from space. The work sheet that accompanies the lesson is intended for use in grades 3-6. Teachers of older students might print out the activity and mark ten additional locations for their students to identify.

If you have a projector attached to a classroom computer, you might introduce students to the map of Earth at Night that was taken from space. Following are several sources of that map:

Have students identify the continents on the Earth at Night map. Can they pinpoint the location of their city or town? Then hand out to students the Earth at Night work sheet. Challenge students to use maps they find in their textbooks, encyclopedia, atlases, or online to identify the names of the ten large cities highlighted on the work sheet.

You might extend the lesson by looking at other maps of Earth from space. See a resource on the NASA Web site, The Blue Marble. Discuss what features of Earth those other maps show that cannot be seen in the Earth at Night map.

Assessment

Work sheet answers: 1. San Diego (California, USA); 2. Santiago (Chile); 3. Boston (Massachusetts, USA); 4. Miami (Florida, USA); 5. Madrid (Spain); 6. Paris (France); 7. Cape Town (South Africa); 8. Bangkok (Thailand); 9. Tokyo (Japan); 10. Sidney/Canberra (New South Wales, Australia).

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

MATHEMATICS: Measurement

  • GRADES 3 - 5

  • NM-MEA.3-5.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
  • GRADES 6 - 8

  • NM-MEA.6-8.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
  • GRADES 9 - 12

  • NM-MEA.9-12.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
SCIENCE
  • GRADES K - 4

  • NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
  • GRADES 5 - 8

  • NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
  • GRADES 9 - 12

  • NS.9-12.4 Earth and Space Science
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Geography TECHNOLOGY
  • GRADES K - 12

  • NT.K-12.5 Technology Research tools

See more geography lesson plans and resources in Education Worlds Geography Center.

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Originally published 11/08/2002
Last updated 03/18/2010

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