Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Alignment


Disciplinary Core Idea/Sub-Idea:

ESS3. Earth and Human Activity

ESS3.B. Natural Hazards


4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.

Grade 4

Getting the Right Angle on the Story: How Satellites Can Save Lives in a Tsunami

Extension 1 Instructional Focus


The Terra satellite’s Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) helps scientists understand how tsunamis interact with islands and coastlines and assists them in making better predictions about when and where they will strike.

Extension 2 Instructional Focus


Students write an opinion piece about the importance of tracking space debris in alignment with Common Core State Standards after learning from a NASA article how telescopes track debris. They also listen to a song about garbage men in space and draw a picture of what a space garbage truck might look like. 

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