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In this activity, students will investigate the complexities of snowpack formation by creating a model. This model simulates only a few of the variables that scientists consider when predicting avalanches.
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2015
We're heading out of this world to compare atmospheric compositions of the other planets in the solar system, as well as our own. Practically every other planet in our solar system can be considered to have an atmosphere, apart from perhaps the extremely thin, transient atmosphere of Mercury, with...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2017
A total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth once every year or two. What is an eclipse? Learn more about how solar eclipses happen, the four types of eclipses, and how to view the sun safely if you're within the path of totality.
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"MyShake is a free app for Android (and in the future, iOS) phones that has the ability to recognize earthquake shaking using the sensors in every smartphone. The app runs """"silently"""" in the background on your phone using very little power - just like the step-tracking fitness apps. When the...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students will recreate the lunar phases using the frosting from Oreo cookies. Round cream cheese crackers can also be used if cookies are not an option. The students will accurately model the shape of the Moon's phases using Oreo cookies and place the phases in order.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6
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NASA is embarking on a journey to Mars! Are your students ready to join in the adventure? Spark excitement in your classroom with the Mars Survival Kit. Click on different links for student activities by grade. 
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NASA Next, an online magazine for students in grades 5-8, breaks down complex science to inform young readers about the latest news and research from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Articles describe Goddard science, including studies of Earth, the Sun, our solar system, and the universe; most...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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"It is possible to measure the Earth's radius -- armed with only a stopwatch, a meter stick and a sunset or sunrise! Keep in mind; this is a demo, not a Fermi-like laboratory investigation. That said, this will yield surprisingly """"accurate"""" results given the kids don't mess up on the two...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"Students explore the dynamics of lunar phases to develop an understanding of the relative positions of our Moon, Earth, and Sun that cause the phases of the Moon as viewed from Earth. Using a golf ball glowing under the ultraviolet light of a """"blacklight"""" makes it easier to see the phases of...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students use paper plates with various phases to create a three dimensional model of the lunar phases relative to the Earth and Sun, as both an assessment of their understanding and to continue to build a conceptual model through kinesthetic activities.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2014
These drafts were written to help delve more deeply into the explanations and descriptions for why we have lunar phases; while the style is similar to other probes, these have not been through the extensive testing done by NSTA's assessment probes.
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Earthquakes create seismic waves that travel through the Earth. By analyzing these seismic waves, seismologists can explore the Earth's deep interior.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This activity has students making a topographic model out of salad trays. Students copy maps onto the trays and add different topographic features. When put together, the trays show a complete topographic map.
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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A simple key for identifying clouds.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students gain a better perspective on the relationship between the size and distance of the Moon by creating a scale model. Students will predict and measure the size of the Moon relative to the Earth's diameter, and predict and measure the distance of the Moon relative to a scale model of the Earth...
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This activity is designed to show stdents the relationship between ocean tides and the lunar movements. It uses the tide data for Boston Harbor to show these relationships, but data from other sites can also be used.
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2006
In this lesson plan, students learn about the Moon's changing appearance and how orbital motion causes the Moon's phases.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Published in 2006
Our star, the Sun, is an ordinary star. It is not particularly special compared to other stars in the universe, however, it is crucially important to us. As the massive energy source at the center of our solar system, the Sun is responsible for Earth's climate, weather, and life. In this lesson,...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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Published in 2007
There are many different maps of the same place, and not all information about a place can be put on the same map. For maps to communicate, they focus on showing a limited number of things. This activity teaches students what all maps can tell us. It also teaches students how to read a topographic...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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GLOBE Carbon Cycle is focused on bringing the most cutting edge research and research techniques in the field of terrestrial ecosystem carbon cycling into the classroom. Students can collect data about their school field site through existing GLOBE protocols of phenology, land cover and soils as...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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