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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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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 manipulative by the National Weather Service has diagrams thatconnect the lunar phases to the tides.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The Science Spot is just that , a spot for science! Browse through the Science Classroom, filled with activities and lessons for junior high science teachers and students. Choose from a variety of topics including: general science, astronomy, chemistry, earth science, forensic science, and learning...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Take a trip around the sun with this interactive site, HelioViewer.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In the 1960s, the US was on an ambitious journey to the moon, and Katherine Johnson and her fellow human computers helped get NASA there. Bring the excitement of their story to your classroom with the NASA Modern Figures Toolkit. The toolkit is a collection of resources and educational activities...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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!
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Improve place-consciousness and provide context for the importance of measuring light pollution in your students' neighborhoods. engage your students in a global citizen science project, Globe At Night.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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The Solar System consists of the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, meteors, comets, dust, gases and primarily empty space. These lessons allow students to engage in the scientific community of astronomers; students will be looking for asteroids using real scientific data collection by the Catalina Sky...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Amazing Space has resources on all your astronomical needs: the solar ystem, black holes, stars, telescopes, history, and more. We are the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach. We promote the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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The Moon is the reason for our 24-hour day! In this 45-minute activity, children ages 10 to 13 explore the Earth's rotation and the Moon's role.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Children ages 10 to 13 perform the lunar phases outdoors, using a Styrofoam ball, sunlight, and the motions of their bodies to model the Moon's phases. Older children (12 to 13) predict future moon phases. Note that this activity is appropriate for older children (ages 10 to 13) who are able to...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Data gathering is a starting point for model building. With this material, students have an opportunity to gather data that will later be explained by their EMS model. Students compile data for a complete cycle of Moon phases (28 days). This should elicit the idea that observation is a major part of...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2017
"""""Exploring the Universe: Orbiting Objects"""" is a hands-on activity that invites visitors to experiment with different sized and weighted balls on a stretchy fabric gravity well. The activity models gravitational attraction in space. Participants investigate how changing conditions can cause...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2017
"""""Exploring the Solar System: Pocket Solar System"""" is a hands-on activity in which visitors make a scale model of the distances between objects in our solar system. They learn that there is a lot of space between planets, and that our solar neighborhood contains many other interesting features...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2017
"""""Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse"""" is a hands-on activity demonstrating how the particular alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon can cause an eclipse. Visitors investigate the positions of these objects to create shadows and learn about solar eclipses."
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2018
"""""Exploring the Solar System: Craters"""" is an active, hands-on activity that demonstrates how craters form, and what they can teach us about the history and composition of planets and moons. By dropping objects of various sizes and shapes into a tub full of sand and other materials,...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2018
"""""Exploring the Universe: Filtered Light"""" demonstrates how scientists can use telescopes and other tools to capture and filter different energies of light to study the universe. Most objects in the universe are so distant from us that we can only study them through the light. Filters allow us...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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