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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.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2016
Learn about black holes and outer space through this app created by the PBS Science series NOVA. Targeted for students in grades 6-12 (and lifelong learners), and available for the iPad, the app explores the science behind black hole detection, gravitational waves, and more. In the game, players...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2014
"This PDF has students using a light and foam ball to demonstrate the changing phases of the moon. During the activity, students are encouraged to use scientific terms, like """"""""waxing"""""""" and """"""""waning-"""""""" to describe which phase the ball is in. This modeling activity can be the...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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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From rivers that carve out canyons to tectonic plates that build mountains, our rocky planet Earth is always changing. In space, planets—with their own volcanoes and thunderstorms—whirl around the Sun. Earth and space scientists are dedicated to studying our solar system, from the moon...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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Students examine and analyze lunar phase data by creating and analyzing graphs that plot th data for different weeks. This activity can be used to explore lunar phases, but will not enable students to understand the causes of the phases. Students will create graphs depicting how the percent of the...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4
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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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The students create kinesthetic models of the Sun and Moon in the sky to better understand the relationshop between lunar phases and the time of day.
Grade Level   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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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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Interested in starting a CubeSat program at your school and launching a small satellite? NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers, and faculty of all ages the opportunity to get hands-on, flight hardware development experience while designing, building, and operating small research...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This manipulative by the National Weather Service has diagrams thatconnect the lunar phases to the tides.
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Investigate how our view of the universe has changed over time and how the tools we use to study the universe have also change. Find out the latest research on overcoming student misconceptions related to cosmology and prepare them to comprehend our current understanding of the universe. Type of...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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"Investigate cool """"""""ologies"""""""" (disciplines) at New York's American Museum of Natural History site. There are tons of activities relates to all the """"""""ologies"""""""" and wonderful videos and information for elementary level children."
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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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