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Sunspots and Space Weather

For Students 4th - 8th
This assignment is out of this world! It is an online activity about sunspots and solar cycles, a sort of WebQuest if you will. Links to two NASA websites and spaceweather.com are written into the questions so that your aspiring...
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Discovering Saturn, The Real "Lord of the Rings"

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Reading, writing, and rings! A lesson from NASA combines space science with authentic reading and writing tasks. Included in this lesson are pre-reading activities, four mini informational booklets on Saturn, a structured note-taking...
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Saturn

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Go back to space school and learn all about Saturn. Explore this ringed gas sphere, its many moons, composition, place in space, and unique qualities. A great video to be viewed on its own or alongside any other space or planet videos.
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Mars

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Questing for information about the red planet? Attend this class at space school and learn all about Mars. Myths, misconceptions, and facts about the planet's long and interesting history are presented. Great video! Look for other space...
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Mercury

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Visit the planet Mercury and learn about its orbit, place in the solar system, and difficult past. Closest to the sun and covered in craters, this planet has had it rough. You'll find out that Mercury is actually a dead planet but still...
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Jupiter: The Largest Planet

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Kids will love this video. Dramatic and informative, this clip describes the gas giant, Jupiter. They'll hear about Jupiter's moons, history, composition, and size in relation to Earth. It takes one thousand Earths to compose one...
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Reading and Writing about the Solar System

For Teachers K - 2nd
A superb interdisciplinary approach highlights this activity which incorporates space science knowledge and narrative skills. After reading The Magic School Bus, two excellent poems, and watching a video, all about our solar system,...
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Making Models of the Solar System

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students make several models of the solar system to learn the positions of the planets in the solar system as well as relative distances and sizes. Creation of these models will help them identify the planets by size, shape, color,...
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Scale Model of the Solar System

For Teachers 6th
Young scientists gain a better understanding of space, the solar system and its vastness by creating a scale model. Students first need to calculate the distance between each of the nine planets according to the size of their scale. This...
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Tour of the Solar System

For Teachers 6th
Learners engage in science, math, and language activities as they do research on the components of the solar system. The class begins with some anticipatory activities and discussions before it is divided into small groups to conduct...
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Going to Mars

For Teachers 6th
Pupils get to choose what project they'd most like to complete. Using what they know about Earth and Mars, they get into project groups to compare and contrast each planet. They must answer the question, "How can we live on Mars?"...
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Neptune

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Travel to deep space and view the icy blue planet, Neptune. You'll learn about Neptune's rings, its great dark spot, size, and surface. Great graphics and real images make this a perfect clip for learners in grades 3-6.
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Magic School Bus Gets Lost In Space

For Students 3rd - 5th
Why not include the Magic School Bus in your classes' study of the solar system? Have students complete this worksheet while watching the video Magic School Bus Gets Lost In Space. The 18 questions in this activity ask about the plot of...
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Deep Impact's Comet on a Stick!

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students create a model of a comet. In this space science lesson plan, students compare their model to the characteristics of a real comet. They evaluate and make necessary modifications to their original design.
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Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Fourth and fifth graders will love showing what they know about the planets and our solar system. This game is fashioned after "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and has the class work through fifteen different solar system related...
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Day and Night

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Inform your elementary scientists why we experience day and night. They are provided with facts and explanation as to why the day and night cycle occur, discuss what they've learned with a partner, and are then given the task of writing...
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Technology for Studying Comets

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students design an Aerogel model to capture clay particles. In this space science instructional activity, students discover what happens to comets as they hit a surface. They explain how the Aerogel technology would help scientists study...
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Planets (Inner and Outer)

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research about the characteristics of their chosen planet. In this space science lesson, 6th graders create a PowerPoint presentation based on specific criteria. They present their project in class.
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The Space Cadet's Laboratory: Using Electromagnetic Energy to Study Astronomy

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students build their own spectrophotometer to study light. For this physics lesson, students explain the dual nature of light. They calculate the angle of incidence and refraction using Snell's law equation.
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Eyes in the Sky

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars examine the use of satellites. In this research lesson, students discuss the history of satellites and how we use the information today. They will conduct interviews with older adults who have lived in the changing times...
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Visual Arts- Planetary Travel Brochure

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Learners research the planets and create a "travel brochure." In this space science lesson, students read the book Magic School Bus: Lost in Space and identify various properties of each planet. Learners create a brochure for a specific...
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Planets Worksheet

For Students 4th - 5th
In this planets worksheet, students use Internet research to complete 5 pages about solar system facts. Students answer 25 essay questions and label a diagram of the solar system.
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The Story of the Solar System

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
There is more to the solar system than the typical study of the sun and planets. Launch a study of asteroids, meteoroids, and comets by watching the video The Story of the Solar System, available for purchase through this resource on the...
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The Story of the Solar System

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Have your class explore space with this resource. Learners identify the different planets in our solar system and watch a video on the topic. They design posters about meteors, asteroids and comets. This is a motivating way for learners...
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Birth of the Universe, Part 3/4

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Part three of this four-part series on the origins of the universe describes the radiation that can be heard in static radio signals and the other amazing remnants left today that were around at the time the universe was born. Stars,...
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Robot Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students construct a simple robotic energy transformer. In this space science lesson plan, students explain how energy is transformed from one form to another. They identify the different uses of robotic devices.
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A CEENic Galaxy Quest!

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students research the distances between objects in the Milky Way. In this astronomy lesson, students calculate the time it would take for a robot to travel from Milky Way object to another. They create a travel package for customers...
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Scientific Notation

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students explore rational numbers by analyzing space science. In this scientific notation lesson, students examine a map of the solar system and identify the distances between each planet and our Sun. Students utilize scientific notation...
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A Tricky Preposition: Taking Another Look at Grammar Through Space Images

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
Students explore language arts by analyzing images of space. In this prepositions lesson, students view a slide-show of space related photographs and practice using prepositions to identify their time and location. Students write...
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The Red Planet (Mars)

For Students 2nd - 4th
In this space science worksheet, students read 8 weather words and circle the ones that pertain to Mars. Kids use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast Earth and Mars. Students answer 2 short essay questions about Mars.
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Scaling Down the Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Learners work collaboratively to gain a better understanding of the vastness of space by scaling down the solar system. They measure by inches, gain an understanding of space, and model the distances of the planets from the sun.
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Neptune

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this reading comprehension learning exercise, students read information about the planet Neptune. Students read 3 paragraphs about the planet.
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Pluto and Earth

For Teachers 5th
In this compare and contrast worksheet, 5th graders compare and contrast Pluto and Earth by reading the chart. Students then use the chart to answer the 6 questions.
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Planets, Constellations, and Stars

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, learners find the answers to the research questions that focus on the stars, planets, and constellations.
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Named Moons of Saturn

For Students 6th - 8th
For this space science worksheet, middle schoolers find the words that are related to the learning of new vocabulary about the moons of Saturn. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Stars and Planets

For Students 6th - 8th
For this space science worksheet, middle schoolers find the words that are related to the vocabulary of stars and planets. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Mercury, Venus, and Earth

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students learn information about the planets Mercury, Venus, and Earth by playing a trivia game.
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The Sun

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Take your class to space school where they'll learn all about our fabulous sun. While the narrator speaks somewhat fast, he explains how the sun was born, how it works, and what ancient people believed it to be. This clip could be a...
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Supernovas: When Stars Die

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Have all your supernova questions answered with this four and a half minute video clip. You'll discover that a supernova is really the death of an expanding star, that there are different types of supernovas, and what their effects are...
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Astronomers Find First Earth-like Planet in Habitable Zone

For Teachers 6th - 12th
This video is intended to complete the ESO clip on the first Earth-like planet ever found. Learn all about Earth-like exoplanets other solar systems, and the keys components needed for extra-planetary life. Many questions are answered...
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Regolith Formation

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explain the difference between regolith formation on Earth and the Moon. In this space science lesson, students model the different factors affecting regolith formation on Earth. They identify the different types of weathering.
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The Nine Planets

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
A solid lesson on teaching the nine planets in our solar system is here for you. In it, young scientists learn the correct order of the planets, and they choose one of the planets to do a research report on. They must come up with five...
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Introducing The Most Heavenly Bodies In The Solar System

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Young scientists identify the major bodies of this solar system through a fun and engaging anticipatory activitity. They will then apply knowledge gained through previous experiences as well as a short research activity to the task of...
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Effective and Alternative Secondary Education: Planets in the Solar System

For Teachers 7th - 12th
This is a complete packet consisting of three lessons about the origin of the solar system, the sun, and the planets. Work in this packet is meant to be self-directed; learners go at their own pace and instructions direct them on how to...
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Modeling the Solar System

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students build a scaled model of the solar system. In this space science lesson, students arrange them according to their distances from the sun. They analyze each planet's unique features such as density and relative gravity.
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Exploring the Sky: Reading Maria's Comet

For Teachers K - 4th
Discover the science behind astronomy. After reading the book Maria's Comet, which is about a young woman who breaks new ground by becoming a female astronomer, young learners practice reading comprehension with worksheet questions about...
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Science All Around

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Explore space science by reading a non-fiction book in class. Pupils read the book Science All Around and discuss the technical aspects of scientific investigation, particularly space exploration. Then they define a list of scientific...
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Solar System Science Journal

For Teachers 5th
The creation of an online science journal is the focus of this excellent lesson. Fifth graders utilize PowerPoint, and digital kits in order to create their journals. The journals include a space science word, its definition, the word...
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Jeopardy: General Elementary Science

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Play the Jeopardy Science Game and test your students knowledge of basic elementary science concepts. The questions in this game should be able to be answered by a 5th or 6th grader and are fairly general. Topics cover life, space,...
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All Things Science Jeopardy

For Teachers 4th - 6th
"Jeopardy"-style PowerPoints are a favorite for students! This resource covers four categories, and has a ????? category as well. The categories are: animal adaptations, sound, electricity, and Earth. The hints are high-level, and this...
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Make a Comet Model and Eat It!

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students construct a comet model based on procedure provided. In this space science lesson, students compare the physical properties of comets to the models they made. They record their observations and share them with the class.
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Jupiter's Weather Forecast

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners read information about Jupiter and the planet's weather. In this Jupiter weather lesson, students read information about Jupiter's weather. Learners study a chart about the weather on Earth and Jupiter. Students read a weather...
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Lunar Language

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use a Lunar Language Graphic Organizer to draw and describe the phases of the moon. They explain patterns of changes in the appearance of the moon as it orbits Earth.
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Planet Picking

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students arrange the planets according to their distances from the sun. In this astronomy instructional activity, students list interesting properties about each planet. They identify an unknown planet photo.
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Mars Rover Races

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers simulate driving a rover in Mars. In this space science lesson, students navigate an obstacle while blindfolded and guided by verbal commands only. They assess the challenges encountered by astronauts in operating a rover.
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The Great Hubble

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explain how Hubble telescope captures images from space. In this space science instructional activity, students use the internet to view space photos. They debate on an issue raised by the teacher.
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Planetarium- Identifying Constellations

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the planetarium. In this space science lesson, students identify the different constellations in the sky. They make their own map of the constellations.
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Tooning into the Cosmos

For Students 8th - 12th
In this current events worksheet, students analyze political cartoons that feature space science. Students respond to 3 talking point questions.
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Out of This World

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students take a mission to Mars. In this space science activity, students listen a lecture about space travel to Mars and the planet itself. Students then create timelines of exploration and write poetry about their ideal planet.
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Hubble Captures Colliding Galaxies

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Have your scientists ever asked what would happen if two galaxies collided? Use this clip to show what was seen through the Hubble telescope: the collision of two galaxies. You'll be able to narrate this clip any way you like, since it's...
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The Sun, A Real Star

For Teachers 4th - 8th
What is space weather? If you are in a solar system with a local star you can watch this video to find out. We have a local star, our sun! The inner and outer atmosphere of our sun is a hot combustible star that can send particles storms...
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3 Questions: The Sun

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Do you have any questions about the sun? An interviewer asks a top astronomer three very important questions about our closest star, the sun. Learn about what the sun is, how it may have formed, and why it's so important to study the...
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Black Holes: Creation & Consumption of Galaxies

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Black holes are thought to play an important role in the formation of spiral galaxies, like our own. This clip explains how gravity and mass work together with the black hole phenomena to create and consume stars and galaxies.
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Total Solar Eclipse - China 2008

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
A sight most learners will never experience, a total eclipse of the sun, in China. An interesting clip that shows just how amazing our sun is. Several questions are raised with the narrators observations. Why did the temperature drop,...
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Systems, UP, Up and Away!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners discuss rockets and how they work. Students research basic information about the Space Shuttle. Learners work in collaborative groups creating "rockets" with empty film canisters. Students launch their "rockets" and record...
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Infrared Telescope

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Most of the twenty slides in this presentation include photographs or diagrams, making it an eye-catching way to teach about infrared telescopes. The pros and cons of using infrared light to study outer regions of space are explained....
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Gingerbread Spacecraft

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students explore the different parts of the Cassini spacecraft. In this space science lesson, students create a model of the spacecraft using food products. They compare and contrast their model with the real one and evaluate its...
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Make a Sundial

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore space science by conducting a sun experiment in class. In this time telling lesson, students discuss how the sun sits in our sky at exact times each day and how astronomy is based on our perspective of the solar system....
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When You Look Up to the Moon

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Elementary learners explore space science by reading a book in class. Either as a class or in small groups, read When You Look Up at the Moon. Next, pupils discuss what they know about the moon and the importance of the moon's gravity to...
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Creating a Model Of The Planets

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore the planets in our solar system. Each of the nine planets is studied, and learners create models of the planets that show their relative size to one another. Some excellent worksheets are embedded in this plan which...
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Our Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Learn a new software system and review perviously learned knowledge about the solar system at the same time. The focus of this lesson is learning how to create, modify and save an Excel spreadsheet. However, in this lesson plan, young...
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Galileo's Dialogue

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore how Galileo's controversial theory raised objections in his time. In this physical science activity, learners research about current controversial issues. They role play both sides of the issue, and decide which one has a...
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Patterns of Stars

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners study and research constellations. In this star patterns instructional activity, students study the stars at night and draw a picture of a section of the sky they study. Learners watch a powerpoint of star images and play a...
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Planet Earth Vocabulary Quiz

For Students 3rd - 4th
For this planet Earth vocabulary worksheet, students draw lines to match 14 words that pertain to Earth science with their definitions.
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Comets and Asteroids

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, middle schoolers find the words that are part of new vocabulary for the concepts of comets or asteroids. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Tools of Modern Astronomy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners differentiate refracting and reflecting telescopes. In this earth science lesson, students explain how they are closely connected to satellites. They complete the concept map at the end of the activity.
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Constellations

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders investigate space by researching their zodiac signs.  In this space science instructional activity, 3rd graders discuss the different zodiac symbols, their star representation and where the stars are located in the sky....
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Stars in the Sky

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students inspect space science by creating an illustration. For this star identification lesson, students listen to a reading of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and complete an astronomy worksheet. Students utilize glitter and black paper...
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Our Place in Space

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders identify the different planets that make up the solar system. In this space science lesson, 3rd graders construct a scale model of the major planets. They explore their different unique features and dress up as planets.
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Stellar Evolution and the Fate of Earth

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify the different stages in the life cycle of a star. For this astronomy lesson, 8th graders read H-R diagrams and analyze data. The describe how the Sun's evolution will affect Earth in the future.
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The Sun in Our Lives

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders identify the different parts of the sun. In this astronomy instructional activity, 3rd graders examine how the sun's energy drive life processes on Earth. They construct a model of a solar system using large rolls of toilet...
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Astronomy and Me: Moons Over New Haven

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders study the features of different moons orbiting the planets. For this astronomy lesson, 3rd graders explore the different phases of the moon using an interactive online website. They compare and contrast the features of the...
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Probing Below the Surface of Mars

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students simulate the search for water in Mars using simple apparatus. In this space science lesson, students explain how soil temperature affects the cooling of probes. They graph the data collected from the simulation.
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Impact Craters: Holes in the Ground!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students simulate crater formation through a lab activity. In this space science lesson plan, students calculate how much energy is transferred during meteorite impact. They identify different factors affecting the size and depth of...
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Earth Structure and Processes

For Teachers 8th
Students classify different rocks according to their types. In this earth science lesson, students explain how plate tectonics created Earth's landforms. They explain the continental drift theory and sea floor spreading in their own words.
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Strange New Planet

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students simulate different spacecraft missions using materials provided. For this space science lesson, students observe and record a planetary model's features from a distance. They relate this activity to scientists' space exploration...
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Searching for Life on Mars

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students describe the environmental conditions in Mars. In this space science lesson plan, students draw a Martian critter based on a fictional story read to them. They identify the special features an organism must have to survive in Mars.
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Solar Cycle

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the solar cycle through a series of experiments. In this space science instructional activity, students construct and evaluate solar cycle graphs. They explain how this phenomenon affects the Earth.
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Size and Shape

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students observe different substances under the microscope. In this space science instructional activity, students identify the different features of SEM images. They formulate a conclusion about the images of Mars meteorites.
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Rover Races

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Learners identify the challenges encountered by astronauts in operating a planetary rover. For this space science lesson, students create a rover using their team members. They follow a command sequence from the driver and navigate...
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Meteorites

For Teachers 1st - 11th
Students model how meteors fall to the surface of planets. In this space science activity, students identify different types of meteorites using an interactive online website. They investigate the relationship between a meteorite's size...
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Reflect on this Mote of Dust

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore space science by analyzing a speech by Carl Sagan. In this cosmos lesson, students view an online video of a speck of a "pale blue dot" in the distance of space which turns out to be Earth. Students write an essay...
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Extraterrestrials

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers discuss the possibility of intelligent life in space. In this space science lesson, students decipher a radio message electronically transmitted in space. They create their own extraterrestrial welcome greeting.
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Elements of Physics: Motion, Force and Gravity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers research about different human space explorations conducted by NASA. For this physical science lesson, students discuss why space exploration is important. They write a paper about their thoughts on continuing NASA's space...
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Understanding Space Travel

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the unique environment of the moon and Mars. In this space science activity, students design a city located in the outer space. They create a computer aided design, models or drawings of their cities and share them with...
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Investigating Planetary Life

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research about the search for life in Mars. For this space science lesson, students develop a creative visual display of their findings. They present their project in class.
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Exploration of Mars

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the three-phase strategy used by NASA for scientific exploration. In this space science lesson, students research past missions to Mars. They share their discoveries and create a timeline as a class.
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Lab

For Students 7th
In this space science instructional activity, 7th graders use the star circles given but the teacher to complete 14 short answer questions. They plot the stars on the graph.
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What's All the Buzz About Light Years?

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars compare distances in space. In this space science lesson, students explore what a light year is. They create a poster advertising a transportation method that travels at the speed of light.
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Star Light, Star Bright, Really Big Star I See Tonight

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders differentiate apparent magnitude and absolute magnitude scales. In this astronomy lesson, 8th graders rank stars in terms of its brightness as observed from Earth. They explain what a light year is in their own words.
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Getting to Know Saturn: The Saturn System

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars compare and contrast Earth and Saturn's planet features. In this space science lesson, students draw a diagram of the solar system and identify the different components. They complete a Saturn system scavenger hunt and...
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Getting to Know Saturn: Moons, Rings, and Relationships

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students identify the different objects that orbit Saturn. For this space science lesson, students plot the graph of orbital speed and distance. They explain why planets and asteroids remain in orbit around the sun.
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An Explorative Journey Through the Solar System

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore space science by creating a planetary model in class. In this solar system instructional activity, students identify the many planets and moons that make up the solar system and decide on one entity in which to research....
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Living in Space

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students explore space science by viewing a video in class. In this astronaut lesson, students identify the living habits of astronauts by researching the NASA website and observing a space science video in class. Students participate in...
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Space Pioneers: Major People Involved in Space Exploration

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students explore space science by researching the people involved with it. In this famous explorers lesson, students identify the first people to reach space such as John Glen, Buzz Aldrin and Alan Shephard. Students complete a space...
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Making Models of the Solar System

For Teachers K - 1st
Students discover our Solar System by creating miniature models.  In this space science lesson, students utilize a clothesline, construction paper and clothespins to recreate the solar system within their classroom.  Students create a...
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Systems of Equations in Space Science

For Students 9th - 12th
In this system of equations instructional activity, students solve 2 problems by creating a system of equations for each problem in order to determine the average intensity of flares from the sun and the average power from a satellite...
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Earth, Moon and Sun Assessment Test

For Students 4th - 5th
In this space science worksheet, students answer 14 essay questions pertaining to the Earth, moon, and sun and their relationship. Prior knowledge is assumed, or this could be a pre-test.
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Earth In Space Vocabulary Sheet

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this space science vocabulary worksheet, students read the definitions for 6 common terms. Students then look up 4 words and write the meanings. Students alphabetize the vocabulary words on another piece of paper.
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From Galileo to Hubble

For Teachers 4th - 5th
In this interactive online worksheet, students view a specific website on the Internet to participate in a virtual voyage involving traveling from Galileo to Hubble. Students take notes and write down 6 vocabulary words and their...
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Astronomy Research

For Students 6th - 7th
In this astronomy instructional activity, students are directed to a specific Internet site to do research on deep space. Students answer 14 essay, short answer, or true/false questions.
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How Many Stars in the Sky?

For Students 1st - 2nd
For this stars in the sky worksheet, students use a word bank to complete sentences. In this fill in the blank worksheet, students complete eight sentences.
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Formation of The Solar System

For Students 6th - 8th
In this science worksheet, students use basic scientific concepts to complete the series of puzzles that are intended to increase science literacy about the parts and formation of the solar system.
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The Universe Beyond

For Students 6th - 8th
In this science worksheet, students use basic scientific concepts to complete the series of puzzles that are intended to increase science literacy about some of the common vocabulary used for the study of the universe.
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Measuring The Diameter of a Star

For Students 9th - 12th
In this space science worksheet, students find the correct measurements using the tools provided in this lab experiment. The second page is used to record data.
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Observing The Sky

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, middle schoolers find the words that are related to the observations made of constellations and other related puzzles.
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Crash Test Smarties

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students share hypotheses about the variables needed to produce a collision between two moving objects. They simulate the impact of a moving object on an object that creates a spray of debris, and simulate a NASA Deep Impact study.
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Hydroponics

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Students experiment with growing food using hyrdroponics. In this science lesson, students grow lettuce in a confined space with weight limitations. Students start a plastic pop bottle garden observing the growth and charting it....
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Sun Activity

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the answers to the questions concerning the topic of the sun and they label the diagram for the sun.
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Ground Truth Determinations

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers experiment on how polarized filters transmit light. In this physics lesson, students explain how RADARSAT-2 uses polarized light to study surface features. They discuss the difference between RADARSAT-1 and 2.
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Minor Members of the Solar System

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students differentiate asteroids, meteors and comets. In this space science lesson, students create a model of a comet. They name the different technologies used to view these heavenly bodies.
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Beyond the Solar System

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students describe the life cycle of stars. In this space science lesson, students explain how important constellations are to people. They identify the name of constellations based on star patterns.
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Introduction to Earth Sun Relationships Incorporating P.E.

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders investigate space science by performing physical activities.  In this solar system lesson, 3rd graders perform a relay activitiy with their class in which they race between different "planets".  Students define space...
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Cosmic Collision

For Students 6th - 9th
In this cosmic collision worksheet, students explore interactive online website to study about the dynamics of different galaxies. They write short answers to 8 questions that follow.
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Space Shuttle Mission STS-128

For Students 6th - 9th
In this space science worksheet, students read about the space shuttle mission and answer 6 short answer questions about life of astronauts in space stations.
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Why is There a Tidal Bulge Opposite the Moon?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students simulate how the Moon causes ocean tides. For this earth science lesson, students calculate gravitational acceleration using a mathematical formula. They compare the force of attraction between the Earth, Moon and Sun system.
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Constellations

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders create their own constellations using pin holes and black paper. In this space science lesson, 5th graders write a story about their constellation. They share their project with the class.
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Earth Science Astronomy Unit: Seasons on Earth

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders describe how the Earth's position causes seasonal changes. In this astronomy instructional activity, 8th graders explain how solar radiation varies depending on the season. They create a collage or poster on each of the...
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Solar System Bead Distance Activity

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create a scaled solar system model using colorful beads. In this space science lesson, students convert AU units into metric measurements. They arrange the planets according to their distances from the sun.
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How Does Flowing Water Shape a Planet's Surface?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate how flowing water influence landforms. In this earth science instructional activity, students observe water behavior as it flows from the stream table at various inclinations. They discuss whether water shaped Mars...
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Impact Craters

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students investigate the factors affecting the size of a crater. In this space science lesson, students collect data from the activity and graph them. They explain how velocity of impact relate to crater size.
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Radio Astronomy and Radio Telescope

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students construct a simple radio telescope. In this astronomy lesson, students explain how this telescope works and what information it collects.
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Black Holes... What's inside IX

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
In this space science worksheet, students solve 7 problems related to black hole space and time. They answer questions related to the spacetime dimension.
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Observing the Universe

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders name the different classification of galaxies. In this astronomy instructional activity, 7th graders sketch and describe the morphology of NGC 1097. They write a paragraph describing what a black hole is.
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Planet "Geo" Pardy

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students review planetary facts through "Geo"pardy game. In this space science lesson, students recall facts about aurora and magnetic fields. They collaborate with team members and agree on a final answer.
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NASA Program

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students research the characteristics and features of the planet Mars. In this astronomy lesson, students role play applying to work for NASA. They compare their research findings with the NASA space station information in the virtual...
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Planetary Orbits

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore space science by completing a solar system identification worksheet. For this planets lesson, students discuss the different planets in our star system and identify their traits. Students complete an orbital system...
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The International Space Station in Orbit (ISS)

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students discuss the function of the International Space Station. In this astronomy activity, students compare its track on a 2D map and the globe. They explain why ISS can be seen from higher altitudes if its altitude is increased.
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Moving and Working in Space

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students complete four tasks with certain restrictions. For this astronomy lesson, students explore different ways that astronauts can anchor and maneuver in space. They recognize the challenges they face from day to day.
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Science Trail

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the solar system by conducting Earth science experiments. In this Sun lesson plan, students identify the different seasons on Earth and discuss their purpose and cause. Students create a sundial and observe the changes...
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Summer Sky Tour

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore space science by participating in a constellation identification activity. In this astronomy instructional activity, students view star charts based on the different seasons and define a list of astronomy related terms....
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Preschool Lesson Plan: Moon and Stars

For Teachers Pre-K
Students explore space science by reading night sky related stories. In this astronomy lesson, students read the book One Round Moon and a Star for Me and other space science books. Students create cookies shaped like the stars and moon...
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Sky 2: Shadows

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore space science by participating in a shadow experiment. In this sky observation instructional activity, students identify how the sun creates different sized shadows by moving across the horizon. Students utilize yard...
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On Jupiter

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students tour Jupiter. For this scenario based lesson, students examine the size of Jupiter and make models of the other planets in the solar system to show how large Jupiter is compared to the other planets.
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Shadows in the Sky

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore space science by conducting a class experiment. In this solar system lesson, 3rd graders read assigned text which describes how the Earth and other planets revolve around the sun. Utilize a digital camera, measuring...
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GED Vocabulary: Earth and Space Science

For Students 9th - 12th
In this earth and space science worksheet, learners complete a crossword puzzle given nine terms related to earthquakes, glaciers, the solar system, and sources of energy.
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Space Circles

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore geometry by listening to a book read in class. In this space measurements lesson, 5th graders read the story Space Circles in class and identify the different planets that make up our Solar System. Students perform...
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Science Station Day

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explore science topics by participating in a lesson ending activity. In this science experiment lesson, students conduct different experiments and activities based on each of their science lessons over the course of the year....
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Phases of the Moon Flipbook

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders create a flipbook. In this phases of the moon lesson, 3rd graders examine how the moon changes and phases occur.  Students create their own flipbook of the phases of the moon using file cards to create a motion-picture effect.
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Reach for the Stars

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students consider the significance of space exploration. In this space science lesson, students  visit selected websites to discover information about astronomy, lunar missions, and space travel. Students discuss the value of space...
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Classifying Stars and Constellations

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine stars and constellations. In this space science activity, students visit selected websites to discover information about the classification of stars. Students also practice identifying constellations.
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Working on the Moon

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students take a mission to the moon. In this space science lesson, students visit selected websites to discover information about Earth's moon and the solar system. Students may take virtual missions to the moon and share information...
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Cloud Watching

For Teachers K - 6th
Students analyze art as a cloud pattern activity. In this cloud and art lesson, students view April Gornik's painting The Back of the Storm and make connections between science and art. Students observe cloud patterns for one week and...
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Weather the Storm

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete multi-curricular activities for weather. In this weather lesson, 4th graders complete creative writing, research, and weather data analysis activities for the lesson.
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Kids in Outer Space

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore outer space through various activities. In this outer space lesson, students read the book Outer Space and The Mice on the Moon. Students work in groups to build their own space ships.
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Multicultural Sun, Moon, and Star Activities

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students research the multicultural stories and artistic representations of the Sun, Moon, and stars. In this multicultural space lesson, students discuss the symbols and stories for the sun in various cultures. Students construct a...
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Chart the Stars

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders find constellation distances and plot the stars. In this star lesson plan, 7th graders plot the star points for Canis Major. Students use graphing calculators to graph the constellation. Students choose another...
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Texture - Bumpy, Wrinkled, Smooth?

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students study textures and identify textures using satellite images. In this texture lesson, students study various objects and define their textures. Students feel crayon rubbings and sort them into groups. Students use a book with...
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Harold's New Solar System

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students study the Solar System through a variety of experiments. In this space science lesson, students complete various activities to learn about the Solar System. Students use an apple to learn about Earth's layers, and eggs to...
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A Day in Space

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Young scholars complete activities to investigate micro-gravity. In this space science lesson, students establish where the ISS is in location to the Earth and Moon using a model. Young scholars complete an experiment to study space food...
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Space: A Dangerous Place

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars watch a presentation to learn about space exploration. In this space flight lesson, students use a distance model to study space in relation to Earth. Young scholars read an article from NASA about humans in space....
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Using Telescopes

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete activities to study the use of telescopes to study space science. In this space science lesson, 4th graders study pictures of the Earth, Moon, and stars. Students make their own telescopes out of a paper roll and...
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The Moons of Jupiter

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders study the moons of Jupiter. In this space science lesson, 7th graders plot the density and diameter of the Galilean satellites on the chart. Students then hypothesize about the composition and trends for distance for the...
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To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars study pictures of space vehicles and make their own space vehicle. In this space vehicle lesson, students study pictures of the vehicles and compare and contrast the pictures. Young scholars classify the space crafts and...
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The Planets in Our Solar System

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students gain knowledge about earth and space science by studying the nine planets in the solar system as well as their key characteristics. In this solar system lesson, students identify the nine planets. Students work in groups to...
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Meteor, Meteoroid, Meteorite: What's the Difference?

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students explore the difference between a meteor, meteorite and meteoroid. In this space science lesson, students first read information about these space bodies. Students make Comet Cookies and use them to model a meteor shower with a...
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Visit Our Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students learn about the planets by creating a MediaBlender travel brochure. In this space science worksheet, students do research on a planet and create an interactive brochure for a visit to this planet. Students include facts about...
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Mission to Mars: The Journey Begins

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students take a trip through space. In this space science lesson, students travel on a simulated mission to a space station. Students write a script and perform a play based on the pretend trip.
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Explorit's Astronomy 2. Quiz

For Students 5th - 6th
In this astronomy learning exercise, students complete a five question multiple choice on-line interactive quiz about astronomy. Prior knowledge is assumed.
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The Sun

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this sun instructional activity, students read about the sun and its components. Students then use the text about the sun to answer the 6 questions.
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A Trip Into Space

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
In these space science worksheets, students study the pairs of similar items and circle the ones they would take into space. Students then study the diagram of the planets and match the clues to the planets.
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The Solar System

For Students 3rd - 4th
In these space science worksheets, students find the words in the word search puzzle. Students then answer the nine questions about the planets.
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The 9 Planets

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this space science worksheet, students study the pictures of the nine planets. Students memorize the planets by the pictures of the planets.
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A Stellar Review

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In this science worksheet, students find the answers to the vocabulary matching activity. Then they fill in the boxes with the correct words.
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Sunspot Activity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
For this space science worksheet, learners find the data that is needed to help them acquire the knowledge concerning sunspots through observation and data collection.
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Space Ship Coloring Page

For Students 1st
In this space science worksheet, 1st graders color the picture of the spaceship while creating their own designs. They could cut out the ship as an extension activity.
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Apollo 13 wordsearch

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the words related to the mission of Apollo 13 and the answers are found by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
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Moon Observation Chart

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, middle schoolers find the phases of the moon for each day throughout the days of the month. The information is recorded on the calendar.
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planet worksheet

For Students 1st - 2nd
In this art worksheet, students color the planet and create their own designs. An extension activity for this sheet they could create a planet cutout.
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IT'S ALL ABOUT SPACE

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the words that are related to the objects of space and the answers are found by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
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Cosmology

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
In this space science learning exercise, learners find the words that are related to the study of cosmology and the answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Astronauts

For Students 4th - 5th
In this space worksheet, learners find the words that name astronauts and the answers are found through the link at the bottom of the page.
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Astronomy Class

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the words associated with the basic terms of Astronomy. The answers are located at the bottom of the page.
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Superfun Measuring Stars

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the words that are related to the practice of measuring stars and the answers are accessed by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
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Stars and Galaxies

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the words related to the terms used to describe stars and galaxies. The answers are found through clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
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Venus and Uranus Wordsearch

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, middle schoolers find the words that are related to the planets of Venus and Uranus. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Into The Universe

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science learning exercise, students find the solution to find the different heavenly objects through identifying the pictures.
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Universe Matching Worksheet

For Students 6th - 8th
For this space science worksheet, students match the vocabulary term related to galaxies to the definition found in the right column. The answers are found by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
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The History of Space Exploration

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars research and identify important events in the history of space exploration. They work in groups of three to four in order to research an important astronaut and record their finding on a poster board and present to the class.
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Investigating the Earth-Moon-Sun System

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders research Native American legends involving the sun, moon, and stars and compare them to the origin of present day knowledge. They create a written report and make an oral presentation of their findings to the class.
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Working in Space

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students design and build one of three engineering problems dealing with living and working in space.
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Astronomical Scales

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students describe the different units of measurement. In this space science lesson, students calculate astronomical distances using a scale. They explain the significance of using scientific notation in expressing very small or very...
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Edible Model of the Sun

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students identify the different features of the Sun. In this space science instructional activity, students create a model of its surface using cookies and candies. They compare and contrast their model to the real Sun.
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Planetary Comparisons/Contrast

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders research facts and features of their chosen planet. In this space science activity, 8th graders develop a travel brochure advertising the planet.
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Phases of the Moon

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify the different phases of the moon. In this earth science lesson, 8th graders research interesting facts about the moon. They organize their findings into a PowerPoint presentation that they share in class.
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Balloon Spacesuits

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars explore how spacesuits protect and support astronauts in space. For this astronomy lesson, students model the suit using balloons. They compare their bending ability and flexibility with and without rubber bands.
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Microgravity Science

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students simulate conditions in outer space. In this space science lesson, students participate in a series of activities designed to mimic challenges that astronauts encounter in space.
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People of the Cassini Team

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars discuss the job qualifications of a team member for a space mission. In this space science lesson, students select a mentor from the Cassini team members and explain the reason for their selection. They assess the...
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Moon Study Report

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students identify the different phases of the moon. In this space science lesson, students observe the moon every night for a month and log their observations. They discuss their findings in class.
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Rover Races

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students simulate driving a rover on the surface of Mars. In this space science lesson, students identify the challenges experienced by astronauts in operating a vehicle. They recommend some changes to make their 'rover' better.