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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. 
Teaching Tips


  • 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.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.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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