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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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"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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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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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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A spectroscope can break visible light into different colors, like a prism. Using this stensil and a CD or DVD, students can construct their own spectroscopes.
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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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In this 10-minute demonstration or 30-minute activity, children ages 8-13 investigate the source of the Moon's light. They consider a ball, wrapped in aluminum foil, and experiment with a flashlight to make it appear bright. The children compare the foil-wrapped ball to a Moon globe and discover...
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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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 2018
"In """"Exploring the Solar System: Stomp Rockets,"""" participants learn about how some rockets carry science tools -- not scientists -- into space, and how a special kind of rocket called """"sounding rockets"""" can be used for quick, low-flying missions into space. Participants will build and...
Grade Level   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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There are a variety of details in understanding tides. For elementary students, simply understanding what tides are and their frequency is appropriate (each day typically has two high tides and two low tides). Tying this to a model of gravity and the Moon’s motion and phases to understand tides...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 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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Enjoy this creative ‘Bookmark/Activity’ that combines an MMS bookmark with a scale model. You will also find important URLs and QR codes for quick access to additional information about the mission. It makes the perfect visual aid when exploring giving talks about of the MMS mission while...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Uncle Al's Starwheels are inexpensive star maps, adjustable for any time of night in any month of th eyear. Such maps are called planispheres. These Starwheels were created by the Hall's Hands-On Universe project, and based on the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) Sky Challenger, a set of 6 starwheels,...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 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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Students will shape their own asteroid models out of clay as a hands-on lesson in how asteroids form, what they are made of, and where they can be found in our solar system.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Students prepare a kinesthetic model that demonstrates that Venus is visible in the evening and morning sky due to the movement of Earth and the location of the Sun in space.
Grade Level   1
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Got a 3D printer? Try these 3D models from the Canadian Space Agency. Make a model CubeSat, asteroid, astronaut, and more!
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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