LESSON 3 - The Adventure of Echo the Bat
- Compare different habitats based on satellite imagery.
- Identify land features in the satellite imagery
Adventure Map worksheet (153k)
- pdf document
Worksheet (choose either or both content focuses)
[ Remote Sensing ] or [ Biodiversity
Worksheet answer keys
Computer access required for student or group of students (see requirements)
Arizona - Landsat mosaic
How could satellite images help scientists study animals?
Have students hypothesize what characteristics of satellite imagery
can be of benefit to animals. For example, "Can you see houses
from space? No. Can you see cities from space? Yes. Who lives in cities?
People. Where do animals live? Forests, rivers, oceans, etc... Can
you see their habitats from space? Yes! "
The Adventure of Echo the Bat is an interactive web site. Students
will need access to a computer equipped with a 4.0 web browser to
participate in this activity. Students begin the adventure by selecting
the "Echo the Bat" section of the Student's
A content map is available for teachers
to view the content independent of the adventure interaction.
The adventure begins with a short story about Echo the Bat. Echo
is separated from his mother by a forest fire at the end of the story.
Echo has to migrate to a cave somewhere in southern Arizona to meet
his mother again. The story intro sets the stage for the interactive
adventure. Using the Adventure Map, the students will map Echo's movements
as he travels through Arizona. The worksheet asks questions which
are answered throughout the adventure. This requires them to look
more closely at the content presented. Approximate time to complete
the adventure is 35-45 minutes. Depending on the computer experience
of the students, it may be even faster.
Follow up the adventure with the math questions at the end of the
worksheet. Students will need a ruler for this exercise.
The adventure introduces identifying land features and interpreting
the colors of satellite imagery. From this, content is introduced
about how scientist can identify habitats in the satellite imagery
and students are asked to find Echo in a habitat visible in the satellite
Application of satellite imagery for studying biodiversity
Satellite imagery is used to identify and locate different habitats.
By knowing the habitats, scientists can predict what types of animals
should be living in that location. Then, scientists can go visit that
location to conduct a field study to confirm their predictions. By
identifying and counting the animals in a particular habitat, scientists
can determine whether that habitat is biodiverse. See unit 3 on biodiversity.
Print out the Arizona Landsat mosaic. Have students pick three points
on the image. Ask them to write a paragraph about the land features
and animals they would see at each point. Then, using an atlas and
other resources, have them check there answers by comparing the Landsat
image with the map. Hint: If they can identify a location (city or
mountain range) they could use other resources to identify the habitat.
If a color printer is not available, have students view the Arizona
Landsat mosaic provided on the Student's Site - Remote Sensing section
Use the writing sample to assess their knowledge of identifying
land features and habitats from the satellite image.
Tips for Teachers
- The computer portion of this activity may be done individually or
in groups of two or three.
- If time is limited, omit the worksheet activity. Then present the
math questions at the next class period. They only need there adventure
maps to work the math problems.
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