Carl Sagan Teacher Resources
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We Are Made of "Star Stuff"
4 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Explore the validity of a famous quote by Carl Sagan, "We are made of star stuff." An episode of the ACS Reactions playlist explains how deteriorating stars became the origin of all the elements in our world. Learners consider different...
Exploring the Universe: Crash Course Big History #2
15 mins 9th - Higher Ed
According to Carl Sagan, we are all made of star particles. The second video in a series of 16 explains what happened after the big bang. It discusses cosmic background radiation, chemistry, galaxies, heavy elements, and the creation of...
Should We Be Looking for Life Elsewhere in the Universe?
5 mins 5th - 12th
Is there life beyond Earth? If so, should we make contact with that life? Carl Sagan, along with other astronomers, packed the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 with sounds of the Earth and Earth's inhabitants, hoping to reach life beyond...
Four Ways to Understand the Earth's Age
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Cartoon children compare the earth's age to timescales that we understand:a calendar year, the thickness of a book, the human lifespan. This smart film clip is definitely worth adding to your geologic timescale lesson! If you subscribe...
Why Are Some People Left-Handed?
5 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Despite what some may think, being right- or left-handed isn't a conscious choice people make. Watch this short video to find out exactly what determines a person's dominant hand, and how the cooperative and competitive nature of humans...
The Chemistry of Poison Ivy
3 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Leaves of three, let it be! Why does poison ivy produce such a terrible, itchy rash? Young outdoor enthusiasts get acquainted with urushiol, poison ivy's rash-producing natural oil, with a video from the American Chemical Society's...
How Much of Me Is "Star Stuff?"
4 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Sugar and spice and everything nice ... and a little bit of star stuff! An enthusiastic presentation describes the elemental makeup of the human body and how these materials originated in a red giant star. As an episode of a larger solar...
Sending a Sundial to Mars
8 mins 11th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
You know him from his famous science education videos, but now hear him get personal as he tells the story of how his father, while being a prisoner of war, became fascinated with sundials. Today, he has inherited the fascination, and in...