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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...
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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"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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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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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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"Meteoroids are pieces of rock that once were part of another celestial body. These pieces of rock can be of microscopic size to several meters across. When the rock enters the earth's atmosphere, it is referred to as a meteor or """"""""shooting star."""""""" If the rock strikes the surface of the...
Grade Level   8 9 10 11 12
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"A new site """"The Earth, the Great Imam"""" on the evolution of the geomagnetism science that deals with the earth's magnetic field, commemorating the 400 anniversary of the publication of William Gilbert's De Magnete, physician of Queen Elizabeth I of England, who Was the first to explain the...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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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.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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).
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Our Moon acts like training wheels for the Earth, allowing for a stable cycle of seasons. In part A, children ages 11 to 13 model how Earth's tilt creates the seasons. In part B, children model that if its tilt was not stabilized by the Moon, Earth's axis would slowly wobble betwen straight up and...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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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...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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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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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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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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Children, ages 8–13, embark on an exploration of Earth's and the Moon's shared history in this 30 –minute introductory activity for the Explore! Marvel Moon module. They work in groups to determine the order of geologic events  — such as the formation of the Moon and when the bright crater of...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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"In this activity, students use a light source, a polystyrene ball, and their bodies to model solar and lunar eclipses, the phases of the moon, and the revolution and rotation of the moon. By observing their models of these phenomena in three dimensions, reality-checking with their notes of their...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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