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Science, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 1 minute, 20 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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NASA's Earth Minute: Dishing the Dirt

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  • This short video allows students to understand why soil moisture is important and how it affects the health and well-being of the planet.
  • NASA explains why they are studying soil from space and how they can use this data to predict droughts, fires, floods, and landslides. 
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  • This video is brief, easy to understand, and uses engaging animations. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know the definition of soil. 
  • There may be an ad before the video.


Scientist Notes
This resource explains why it is so important to monitor soil moisture; from finding where wildfires are possible and where floods might occur, to improving weather forecasts. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-4. Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
      • HS-ESS2-5. Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.II.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
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