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Published in 2015
In this activity from Lawrence Hall of Science, you'll use binoculars to identify and track sunspots. You'll need a bright sunny day to complete this activity.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Lunar Phases is an interactive simulation consisting of three scaffolding activities. In Activity One, students are tasked with determining which half of the Earth and Moon is lit as the moon revolves around the Earth. In Activity Two, students are tasked to select the illustration that matched how...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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To learn anything about a star, astronomers must analyze its light. They accomplish this by pointing a telescope at the star to gather its light and then using a spectroscope to spread the light into a spectrum. By comparing and analyzing patterns in the spectra of many stars, astronomers have...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Seasons Interactive provides students with the opportunity to investigate how Earth's angle of inclination affects three factors: the angle of incoming sunlight, average daily temperatures and the Sun's ecliptic path. Three preset values for the angle of inclination are available (corresponding to...
Grade Level   7 8 9
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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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Switching to cleaner forms of energy is a complex issue. Explore this topic with high school students using a lesson plan from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The lesson breaks down the use of solar energy into manageable concepts and action steps that students can easily understand. For example,...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Few phenomena in nature still up interest as much as a solar or lunar eclipse. In history, we have learned much about the Sun, Moon, nad Earth from careful observation of them. In this activity, you will look at how eclipses have enriched our knowledge as well as thrilled our senses.
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Move the Sun, Earth, Moon, and space station to see how it affects their gravitational forces and orbital paths. Visualize the sizes and distances between different heavenly bodies, and turn off gravity to see what would happen without it!
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"This resource is a packet of supplementary curriculum materials for grades 2-4 developed by the Stanford SOLAR (Solar On-Line Activity Resources) Center in conjunction with NASA and the Learning Technologies Channel. This evaluation refers to the activity """"""""Sizing Up the Stars"""""""" which...
Grade Level   2 3 4
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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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Check out this site to learn more about news and information about the Sun-Earth environment, from solar storms to sunspots to near earth asteroids.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Star in a Box allows you to explore one of the most enigmatic tools in astronomy -, the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. When you first open the box you start with a star with the same mass as the Sun but you can change this to a different mass at any time. The tracks that you see on the graph map the...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This simulator is ideal for authoring labs dealing with earth sun relationships
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This middle school student lab book for Earth Science focuses on Earth's role in space, and its relationship with the Sun and Moon.It focuses on three parts: the Sun-Moon-Earth system, the solar system, and Earth's history as a planet. Spanish resources are also provided.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Explore how the changing length of daylight causes seasons on Earth.
Grade Level   5 6
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The greenhouse effect is the name scientists use to describe how heat accumulates in Earth's atmosphere. A majority of the energy from the Sun arrives at Earth as visible radiation. This energy passes through our atmosphere and warms Earth's surface. The warmed surface re-emits invisible infrared...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Sunlight is constantly falling on Earth. At the same time, Earth is losing energy to the cold emptiness of outer space. In this activity, you will use a computer model to explore what happens to the Sun's energy when it strikes Earth.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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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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"Learn about the wonders of sunsets. After reading """"""""Next Time You See a Sunset-"""""""" participate in these three activities: Sunset O-W-L Chart; Sunset Anticipation Guide; and Changing Shadows. This book is also available for purchase."
Grade Level   K 1
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This Tidal Bulge Simulator shows how the sun, moon, and Earth's rotation combine to create tides.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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