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SciFiles: The Case of the Wacky Water Cycle

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 3-8)

Uploaded: April 11, 2012

The NASA SCI Files™ is designed to enhance and enrich existing curriculum.Two to three days of class time are suggested for each segment to fully use video, resources, activities and websites listed in each segment. Dozens of books with ISBN numbers are listed in relation to the topic, along with dozens of websites for integrating technology with these lessons. Visit this external link for the video download links, which are archived at the Teacher Link provided by Utah State University: http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlnasa/videos/dnmovies/NASASCIfiles/index.html

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Don't Burst My Bubble: Create a Biosphere

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: April 07, 2012

Create a "world", and a variety of types of beings that could live on them. Using a tarp, create a Biosphere.

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Water, Water Everywhere

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Uploaded: April 07, 2012

The entire group makes a circle and tosses an inflatable Earth globe to determine the percentage of water vs. land on Earth by counting the number of times the thumb lands on earth or water as they catch the globe.

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How Does Flowing Water Shape a Surface

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: April 04, 2012

Using a stream table, students develop an eye for features associated with flowing water. The students then use what they learn to interpret images of Mars.

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Views: 792
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Habits of the Mind

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Study the relationships between two items to look into possible connections between items. Throughout history different cultures have looked to the sky for answers that may determine their survival and livelihood. Patterns in solar observations helped to determine crucial times such as when to plant and when to harvest the food to ensure the survival of the group. The first activity is designed to help make connections between events and the seasons of the year. One major connection relates the concept of the seasons to past observations. In the second activity, visualize the four key observation dates located in activity one, from a viewpoint in space looking down on the circle created. Look at the impact of the EArth's orbit around the Sun on seasons.

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Earth and Mars Physical Comparison

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

This investigation compares and contrasts physical processes that occur on both Earth and Mars. Students are given unidentified images of Earth and Mars. Their task is to arrange the images into pairs that show evidence of similar physical processes. Then they identify each image as being an area of Earth or an area of Mars by comparing and contrasting physical features that they observe in the image pairs.

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Views: 646
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Discover Your World with NOAA

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 1-8)

Uploaded: January 11, 2012

These activities are designed to help you learn more about our world, and how NOAA helps you to explore, understand, and protect our Earth.

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Views: 610
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Investigating Ice Worlds

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students use various light sources to examine ice and understand how NASA studies planets and moons from space

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Potato Float

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-8)

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students will float an object in varying density solutions.

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Solar Radiation and SPF Levels

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-8)

Uploaded: June 21, 2011

In this activity, students will investigate the effects solar ultra-violet (UV) radiation has on an object or person and to analyze the effectiveness of different Sun Protection Factors (SPF) found in sunscreen products.

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Views: 741
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Chain Reaction

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-8)

Uploaded: June 21, 2011

This activity demonstrates to students how changes in a population within a food web will have widespread effects on the other local populations.

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Can you show that the temperature of air has an effect on it's effect on its weight and its directio

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-6)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This activity has two important purposes: To challenge the learner to develop a procedure for investigating a research question and to learn more about factors affecting the dynamics of air in motion.

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The Sun's Habitable Zone

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This website provides a way for students to build a planet by changing the variables. Each planet receives a rating of cold, hot, or habitable based on the data entered by the students. Four characteristics are used: the mass of the star the planet is orbiting, the distance of the planet from the star, the bond albedo of the planet, and the greenhouse effect of the planet's atmosphere.

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Views: 620
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Space Weather Action Centers

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students investigate solar storms and their effect on the Earth to produce a space weather daily report.

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Quantifying Changes in the Land Over TIme

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-10)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students learn to identify kinds of land cover (e.g., roads, fields, urban areas, and lakes) in Landsat satellite images. They decide which land cover types allow the passage of water into the soil (are pervious) and which types do not allow it (are impervious). They consider some effects of increasing impervious surface area on ecosystem health. Students then make land cover maps using two Landsat satellite images taken about a decade apart. They quantify the change of land cover from pervious to impervious surface during that time period. They make predictive maps of what they think the nature and extent of land cover change in the area will be in the year 2025, and speculate about the consequences for the availability of water for people and ecosystems. Students justify their predictive maps and their thoughts about the consequences of change in writing. This activity uses Landsat images of Phoenix, Arizona. Additional resources are available to permit teachers to download images of their regions through the USGS Web site provided in the resource section.

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