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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 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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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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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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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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Model the layers of the Martian arctic terrain with this fun -- and edible -- activity for students in grades 5-8. Using meat, bean dip, sour cream, cheese, and salsa, students create a layered dip that represents the components of the terrain found at the Martian North Pole. Students use tortilla...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Targeted for grades 5-8, the Challenger Center's Martians of Tomorrow STEM Awareness Campaign aims to inspire the next generation of Mars Exploration and involve students in a simulated space-themed mission, Expedition Mars. Take a quiz to find out what role -- communications, navigation, biology,...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Published in 2016
"Six out of 10 people in the US have never seen out Milky Way Galaxy arch across their night sky from where they live. And the problem of light pollution is quickly getting worse. Within a couple of generations in the US, only the national parks will have dark enough skies to see the Milky Way....
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Students track seasonal changes in sunlight and then investigate othe clues to find ten secret sites around the world. Track sunlight to solve a mystery -, and discover the reasons for the seasons along the way.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2006
Using this Lesson Plan, students study satellite data and explore an example of long-term climate change to learn about the seasons, changes in climate, and the role of Earth's tilted axis.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2017
This hands-on, guided-inquiry activity helps students to understand the geometry of lunar and solar eclipses by creating a physical, proportional model of the Earth and Moon system and observing shadows.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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