National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Global Precipitation Measurement
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- The teacher's guide is thorough and also notes that the demonstrations may take a lot of preparation time outside of class.
- This resource is easily amendable to make all of the demonstrations have hands-on components.
- There are lots of other resources available on the NASA website.
- Student capture sheet could be adapted for elementary students.
- Answer keys are available upon request.
About the Science
- This extensive resource goes into detail on the water cycle.
- It uses several reputable (NASA) resources to describe how the water cycle works. There are several videos that discuss the water cycle and its relationship to humans.
- There are six demos (that can be made into hands-on activities) that show various phases of the water cycle.
- There is emphasis on the role of gravity in the cycle.
- There is some information on the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite that NASA launched in 2014. [Some of the conversation discusses the satellite in future tense but it has since been launched.]
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- This resource has a variety of learning materials that are suited for all types of student learners, ELLs, as well as numerous grade levels.
- There are several instances where the material can be made simpler for younger kids, or more detailed for middle-schoolers.
- There is a pre-assessment and post-assessment of the students knowledge.
- There is a PowerPoint that discusses the background material with several NASA videos embedded in it (with notes and direct links) and a worksheet that students follow along with.
- The teacher is assumed to be doing the demos but there are several notes of how the demos could be modified for the students' participation.
- There is a small list of projects for the students to take what they have learned and demonstrate it independently.
- The material is engaging and allows students to not only learn about the water cycle but also to experience it first hand with the demonstrations.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- This resource has downloadable video options.
- One of the projects suggests using Glogster, this requires a sign-up and has limited use in the free version.
- There are some typos in the Powerpoint and guides (ex: slide 7 in Powerpoint).