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Precipitation Education


found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Precipitation Education is a science resource provided by NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. It features K-12 lessons, activities, articles, images, videos, and interactives in the water cycle, weather & climate, technology, and societal applications of the study of weather and climate aligned with NGSS. Search or browse by type or audience.

Models of Landforms and Bodies of Water  After reviewing characteristics of landforms and bodies of water in an active game, students (K-5) create models of landforms and bodies of water. A PPT and five PDFs, including a teacher guide, can be downloaded. The Teacher Guide ( PDF, 2 MB, 5 pgs.) describes the game and lists standards. Links to related topics and resources are provided in a sidebar.

Precipitation Towers Lesson Plan In this lesson, which can be adapted for younger learners, students (6-8) use cubes to graph precipitation data and compare the precipitation averages and seasonal patterns different locations. The Teacher’s Guide  ( PDF, 1.7 MB, 32 pgs.) links to resources and provides data.

Hurricane Katrina: A Problem-Based Learning Module  Students (9-12, 6-8) work in groups to conduct an Earth systems analysis of Hurricane Katrina to assess if global warming is causing an increase in hurricane frequency and intensity and present their findings. The Teacher Guide  ( PDF, 1.1 MB, 4 pgs.) outlines the assignment and provides the urls for background information.

Among other interactives, LEGO Model of Hurricane Irma GPM Precipitation Data furnishes step by step instructions and a parts list to build a physical model with LEGOs of GPM precipitation data collected from Hurricane Irma or with LEGO© Digital Designer on a PC or Mac.

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