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NASA's Precipitation Education


Found in: science, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

NASA’s Precipitation Education is a library of K-12 resources for students and educators to learn about Earth’s water cycle, weather and climate, and the technology and societal applications of studying them. Resources can be browsed by type (article, image, interactive, lesson plan, video, website) or filtered by type and audience, sorted by type or title, and arranged in ascending or descending ordered. Links to related topics are listed in a sidebar. Lessons provide teacher guides, worksheets, and other resources and are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.

  • Water Cycle offers resources that cover the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the Earth's surface. Water Cycle Resources, teachers will find Connect the Spheres: Earth Systems Interactions in which K-5 students discover how Earth’s biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected. This lesson is one in the "Survivor: Earth" Lesson Plan Series which includes ten hands-on and outdoor activities to investigate local and global water issues.
  • Weather & Climate studies the atmospheric conditions that lead to our daily weather and global climate. Teachers will find Climate Kids, a website for with activities, resources, and games to teach studnets K-8 about Earth's systems, water cycle, weather and climate.
  • Technology offers interactive and video resources about the spacecraft, instruments, and people that study Earth systems. Teachers will find GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement) Core Observatory Paper Model an interactive for grade 6-8 students to build a paper model of the GPM observatory and learn about the technology it uses to measure precipitation from space. Color pdfs of the model sections allow for printing on cardstock. An instructional video is included.
  • Societal Applications covers how rainfall makes the world a better place.  Teachers will find Freshwater Availability Classroom Activity in which students in grades 9-12 examine the value of Earth's freshwater resources and the importance of studying how water is transferred and stored. This activity can be used at any grade level.

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