Brief DescriptionStudents use maps to identify the ten cities highlighted on an image of Earth at night as seen from space.
Keywordsmap, Earth, space, night, population, countries, cities, country, city, continent, satellite
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.
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
Gary HopkinsNational Standards
NM-MEA.3-5.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
NM-MEA.6-8.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
NM-MEA.9-12.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
NS.9-12.4 Earth and Space Science
NSS-G.K-12.1 The World in Spatial Terms
NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions
NSS-G.K-12.5 Environment and Society
NT.K-12.5 Technology Research tools
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Originally published 11/08/2002
Last updated 03/18/2010