Brazilian Deforestation and the Hydrosphere

Students read an article about the impact of deforestation on the hydrosphere and answer review questions. Students choose two variables and make a prediction. Students pick a previous year to study and use the NASA Earth Observatory (NEO) website to download datasets showing different variables overlaying Rondonia and Mato Grosso, Brazil. Using visual analysis techniques, students explain whether their prediction was confirmed or not during the year in question.

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Joe-Anne Corwin Jamie Fryrear
Challeneger Learning Centers

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Consider using the reading as an assessment instead of an introduction. Let students make predictions on the article review page and then launch into the hands on collection of data portion of the activity.

Consider switching the order of activities - explore NEO datasets and then follow with reading. Provide more time and structure for students to unpack all the information in the reading.

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