Educational Activities

Tracking Change

Tracking Change Over Time lesson plan

Enhance students’ learning of geography, map reading, earth science, and problem solving by observing landscape changes as seen from space. With the Tracking Change over Time lesson plan, students can compare Landsat images from multiple years to better understand how scientists use satellite images to study the changing Earth. Intended for grades 5–8, the lesson plan is flexible and may be used as a student self-guided tutorial or as a teacher-led class lesson.

Click the buttons below to download the lesson along with the imagery and materials needed for each module. Each button is a large .zip file, which might take a few moments to download.

Lesson Introduction
Module 1 Urban Growth
Module 2 River Flooding

The lesson uses free software called MultiSpec to open and work with satellite images. Click the button below to download MultiSpec.

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