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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...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9
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This demonstration uses a water balloon to show how Earth's oceans are absorbing most of the heat being trapped on our warming world.
Grade Level   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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...
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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In this activity, students will learn about sea ice and land ice. They will observe ice melting on a solid surface near a body of water and ice melting in a body of water. Prior to the activity, students will predict what each situation will do to the level of water and then compare their prediction...
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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In this activity, students use measurement and area skills to learn about remote detection of wildfires from space. After detecting mock wildfires with mobile devices, students then study satellite-data visualizations to determine the start dates of actual California wildfires.
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8
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In this activity, students learn how scientists assess wildfires using remote sensing. Students then use some of the same techniques to solve grade-level appropriate math problems.
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this activity, students will use California precipitation totals and evapotranspiration data to calculate and graph water deficits and surpluses. These spreadsheet models will help students understand droughts and the movement of water in the water cycle.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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In this activity, students will use global temperature data to create models and compare short-term trends to long-term trends. They will then determine whether global temperature is rising based on the data. This activity is aligned to education standards for fifth grade and high school grade...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The focus of this activity is on interpreting geologic history through volcano formation and excavation. Baking soda, vinegar and play dough are used to model fluid lava flows. Various colors of play dough identify different eruption events. Students will: construct a model of a volcano; produce...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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This activity shows students how to read and interpret a common data representation, the heat map. Students will examine heat map representations of Earth science data over time, discuss trends and compare data sets in order to assess potential correlation.
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this activity, students will use sea-level rise data to create models and compare short-term trends to long-term trends. They will then determine whether sea-level rise is occurring based on the data.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"This lesson has been designed as an introduction to describing meteorites. Students will become familiar with meteorites by making a connection between the familiar (candy bars) and the unfamiliar (meteorites). This lesson is designed as a comfortable introduction to describing meteorites. Edible...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8
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In this activity, students will build a spectrometer using basic materials to observe the light emitted and absorbed by several sources. This will be used as a model for how NASA uses spectroscopy to determine the nature of elements found on Earth and other planets. For higher grades, this activity...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11
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Using baking ingredients to whip up a moon-like crater as a demonstration for students. This activity works in classrooms, camps, and at home.
Grade Level   1 2 3 4 5 6
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"What is sea-level rise and how does it affect us? This """"""""Teachable Moment"""""""" looks at the science behind sea-level rise and offers lessons and tools for teaching students about this important climate topic."
Grade Level   5
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Students learn about the phases of the moon by acting them out. In 30 minutes, they will act out one complete 30-day cycle.
Grade Level   1 2 3 4 5 6
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The presence of water in solid, liquid, and gaseous forms is one of the primary factors that distinguished Earth from its neighbors in the solar system. In this activity, students will toss a globe to collect data on whether there is more surface water or land on earth.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6
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The process of switching to cleaner forms of energy is a complex issue. Think Green allows students to break the issue down into more manageable pieces and to explore solar energy. Students will model solar energy inputs at different locations, analyze the cost effectiveness of installing solar...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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In this lesson, students learn about different cloud types and the associated weather they may bring -, putting themselves in the shoes of NASA's Cloudsat mission team as they were developing and important Earth-observing satellite. This is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and it...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3
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A transit happens when a planet crosses in front of a star. From our perspective on Earth, we only ever see two planets transit the sun: Mercury and Venus. Both are pretty rare events. Transits of Mercury happen only about 13 times per century and the next transit of Venus won't happen until 2117!...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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