Mini Lesson/Activity

Energy and Matter: Dust Transport (Student Activity)

Student Directions

  1. Review the following questions before watching the video.  Then watch and observe for the answers.
    1. Where does the dust originate or come from? What is special about the location of where the dust originates?
    2. Where does the dust travel to? What is special about this location?
    3. How does the dust get from one place to the other?
    4. What NASA satellite collects the data?
    5. What is special about the way that the data are collected and displayed by this satellite?
    6. How are the geosphere and the biosphere connected in this example?
  2. Play the video at least once.

Teacher Note

Teachers, these mini lessons/student activities are perfect "warm up" tasks that can be used as a hook, bellringer, exit slip, etc.

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