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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...
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Targeted for students in grades 4-9 and created by educators at NASA's Jet propulsion Laboratory, this lesson brings the excitement of model rocketry and engineering design to the classroom. Students work individually or in pairs to construct and launch paper rockets using a teacher-build PVC-pipe...
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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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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.
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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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"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...
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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.
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The Evening Sky Map is a 2-page monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers including newcomers to astronomy. Designed to print clearly on all printers, The Evening Sky Map is ready-to-use and will help you to: identify planets, stars, and major constellations; find sparkling star...
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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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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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Produced for NASA by the Goddard Space Flight Center, offers an educational and entertaining site that allows viewers of all ages to have fun with Moon phasing.
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In this activity, students will learn how ancient people related to constellations and asterisms, then use their imagination to create a star pattern and accompanying story. The instructor can have students draw their designs on paper or make an inflatable planetarium, in which students will poke...
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Published in 2017
What are you doing to get ready for the eclipse in 2017? NASA brings you a list of activities, events, educational materials, and more to help you celebrate and learn about the total eclipse, hitting the states on August 21, 2017. learn how eclipses work and see if for your own eyes!
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Want to melt those years away? Travel to an outer planet! Fill in your age (birthday month, day, and year), and see what it correlates to on different planets, moons, and stars! Then, learn how Earth's yearly revolutions compare to other space planetary objects.
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This site gives substantial information on Earth System Science (ESS). It's best for teachers who need background information. It also gives links to other sites and sources (such as a Solar System Calculator and Sun Path Activity).
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Children ages 8 to 13 select from a variety of fruits to construct a scale of the Moon, Earth, and Sun. After determining the correct sizes and distances for their models, they remove the Moon. They consider what it would be like if the nearby Moon were no longer reflecting the Sun's light in the...
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In this 10-minute demonstration or 30-minute activity, children ages 8-13 investigate the source of the Moon's light. They consider a ball, wrapped in aluminum foil, and experiment with a flashlight to make it appear bright. The children compare the foil-wrapped ball to a Moon globe and discover...
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Children model ancient lunar impacts using water balloons. By measuring the diameter of the crater area, children discover that the Moon's argest impact basins were created by huge asteroids! Like these huge asteroids, the water balloons were destroyed on impact and leave a splash (i.e., crater)...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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