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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan
  • Worksheet
  • Activity - Classroom, 3 class periods

Regional Focus

Global, South and Central America



Where in the World Are Major Environmental Changes?

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  • This activity allows students to explore significant environmental changes all around the world, with a specific emphasis on deforestation in Brazil. 
  • Students will learn that satellite images can be used to interpret, understand, plan, and predict environmental changes.
Teaching Tips


  • The lesson is easy to follow and encourages students to brainstorm and think critically.
  • The Earthshots cards are downloadable to use offline.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The educator guide provides a background, objectives, and procedures section that will help you implement the lesson.


  • This could be paired with a Google Earth resource to see more locations and investigate other topics.
  • Social studies classes could use this resource when discussing the locations where humans have settled and developed communities over time.
  • Connections could be made with justice and ethics classes when discussing the use of Indigenous lands for development or mining.
  • Other similar resources include this interactive global forest map and this video about human impacts on the environment.
Scientist Notes
The resource will provide students insights to observe, analyze, synthesize, and predict environmental change using remote sense data from satellite images. It will update their mapping skills and hence, it is recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS2: Earth’s Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6-8.1 Prepare for and participate in conversations across a range of topics, types, and forums, building on others' ideas and expressing their own.
      • SL.9-12.1 Prepare for and participate in conversations across a range of topics, types, and forums, building on others' ideas and expressing their own.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by analyzing the local, national, and global geographic data on physical, environmental, and cultural processes that shape and change places and regions.
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