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About More Lessons from the Sky

These lesson plan modules appeared in the monthly on-line Newsletter of the Satellite Educators Association (SEA) beginning August 2011. An updated anthology of these lessons is distributed on disc at the annual Satellites & Education Conference.

The lessons were created by knowledgeable educators experienced in using satellite technology and environmental satellite data in the classroom. Many of the lessons are based on originals appearing in Lessons from the Sky, a collection of more than 50 lesson plans compiled and published by the Satellite Educators Association, ©1995 by Amereon, Ltd. Development and distribution of the current lesson modules is supported by NOAA-CREST West.

If you are new to satellite-based lessons, you might begin with the article about planning lessons that use satellite-based data and tools for viewing them. It appeared in the SEA Newsletter in April 2013. It provides a basic introduction to remote sensing and three important, yet free, tools for viewing, enhancing, analyzing and interpreting data from environmental satellites. The article is accessible directly from the Lesson Menu page or through the Lesson Selector.

Each of the lesson plans has been rewritten and updated by Satellite Educators Association staff. Each lesson folder contains a portable document file (.pdf) and a Microsoft Word document (.doc) file. The .pdf file contains both Teaching Notes pages and Student Activity pages. The Teaching Notes section includes content background for the teacher, National Science Education Standards addressed, measureable objectives, assessment suggestions, preparation guidelines, updated references, answer key where applicable, and acknowledgements of all authors and contributors without whose work the lessons could not be shared here. The Student Activity section, containing materials for distribution to students, is also provided in Word document (.doc) format to enable teachers to more easily adapt the pages to specific needs of the students, their curriculum, and classroom situations. Some lessons also include relevant data files specific to the lesson and additional teacher resources. All Internet and World Wide Web links appearing here are checked and updatged annually.


Both the .pdf files and the .doc files can be viewed and printed online or downloaded. Just click Lesson Selector in the Lesson Menu to see lessons described and sorted by title. The Lesson Selector can be further sorted by grade level, subject relevance, publication date, National Science Education Standards addressed, and included resources. To return from the lesson pages, click the browser's BACK button from the .pdf window or close the Word document window.

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System Requirements

Adobe Acrobat or Reader version 7.0 or later, or an equivalent software package, is needed to read the .pdf files. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free of charge from The .doc files are provided in Microsoft Word 97-2003 document format. They should be readable with any version of Microsoft Word 97 or later or equivalent.

The menu system has been tested in Windows 7, Windows XP, Mac OS X, and with the current versions of major browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari. Your browser must be Javascript enabled to utilize the full navigation system. In order to view the .pdf files from within the menu system, your browser must have the plug-in for Adobe Reader or equivalent installed and enabled. If the .pdf and .doc buttons do not open the requested files, check your browser's plug-ins are installed and enabled. Insure JavaScript is enabled.

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Contact Us

Please share your questions or comments about the lesson plan modules with the Satellite Educators Association (SEA) by e-mailing [email protected].

If you have a lesson plan or an idea for a lesson related to satellites, satellite-based technology, or using satellite-based remote sensing data, you are invited to contact the Satellite Educators Association at SEAlessons[email protected]. The staff will be happy to review your plan and assist in developing and formating the plan for inclusion in More Lessons from the Sky and publication in a future issue of the Satellite Educators Association Newsletter.

For more information about the Satellite Educators Association, benefits of membership, its annual conference, its international high school research collaborative, and how to receive the on-line newsletter, please visit

For more information about NOAA-CREST West, its partners including the Satellite Educators Association, and SEA's M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Program (Multinational Youth Studying Practical Applications of Climatic Events) - a global environmental research collaborative for high schools - please visit the NOAA-CREST West home page.

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