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Lockheed Martin's STEM education initiative for the middle level offers standards-based lesson plans, educator guides, and family activities to motivate students to learn about deep space exploration. The resources introduce a range of STEM-focused careers in space exploration, compare and contrast...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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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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Making direct observations of the moon's changing shape throughout the month is an important part of understanding the pattern of moon phases. This journal activity can serve as a way for students to record their observations of the moon over time. The detail in their illustrations are not as...
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Published in 2008
Where are the distant worlds in the night sky? Use a star map to find constellations and to identify stars with extrasolar planets. (Northern Hemisphere only, naked eye)
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"These model-building activities from NASA's Stardust mission educator's guide provide a """"""""stellar"""""""" opportunity to teach middle level students about comets and how they form. In Cookin' Up a Comet, students and their teacher create a comet model from dry ice and other inexpensive...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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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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In this kinesthetic acticity, students model how the Moon's gravitational pull causes the level of the ocean to rise and fall twice a day along most coastlines.
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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...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Visit NASA's Space Place website for a tour of the planet Neptune! Targeted for elementary and middle level audiences and featuring NASA images, the page presents an overview of Neptune.
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Visit NASA's Space Place website for a tour of the planet Uranus! Targeted for elementary and middle level audiences and featuring NASA images, the page presents an overview of Uranus.
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Visit NASA's Space Place website for a tour of the planet Saturn! Targeted for elementary and middle level audiences and featuring NASA images, the page presents an overview of Saturn.
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Visit NASA's Space Place website for a tour of the planet Mars! Targeted for elementary and middle level audiences and featuring NASA images, the page presents an overview of Mars.
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Visit NASA's Space Place website for a tour of the planet Venus! Targeted for elementary and middle level audiences and featuring NASA images, the page presents an overview of Venus.
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Visit NASA's Space Place website for a tour of the planet Mercury! Targeted for elementary and middle level audiences and featuring NASA images, the page presents an overview of Mercury.
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Visit NASA's Space Place website for a tour of the planet Earth! Targeted for elementary and middle level audiences and featuring NASA images, the page presents an overview of Earth.
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Visit NASA's Space Place website for a tour inside the planet Jupiter! Targeted for elementary and middle level audiences and featuring NASA images, the page presents an overview of Jupiter, including discussions of temperature and pressure. Students can also play the game Juno-Quest to learn how...
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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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Did the astronomy bug bite you while you were out last night? Feeling inspired to learn about the wonders of the sky, the solar system, and all the science behind them? This page and the links within serve as your one-stop-shop for astronomy-related resources. Find everything from what's up in the...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Each face of the planetary Icosahedron displays part of the (nearly spherical) planetary surfaces. The triangles are folded so that adjacent triangles are joined exactly at their closest edges. The cut-out pattern forms the complete globe with the North and South Poles at opposite vertices. The...
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Published in 2011
This 5-E lesson connects the shape of Earth's surface (and the names of the features that correspond to those shapes and textures) to the processes that form them. It also introduces students to how scientists use Earth to gain a better understanding of other planetary bodies in the solar system.
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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