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Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Teacher Learning Journey Webinar Resources)

Archive (.zip) (Grade Level: 4-8)

Uploaded: August 05, 2013

Explore our solar system with NASA STEM activities and missions. This "Teacher Learning Journey" webinar, powerpoint and online resource document, will guide educators to demonstrate classification and scale models to better understand and visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a true system, as our solar system.

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NASA Eyes on the Earth Quick Reference Guide

Presentation in PDF format (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: July 23, 2013

This is a quick reference guide to help educators navigate the NASA Eyes on the Earth website. This will help you to understand all of the features of the resource and find the most appropriate ways to use it in your classroom.

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NEO Quick Reference Guide for NASA Earth Observations

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Uploaded: July 22, 2013

Use this guide as you explore the NEO website to learn more about datasets and imagery on different topics.

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Green Strides for Solar Energy Archived Webinar

Quicktime Video (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: July 16, 2013

This archived webinar will introduce participants to a Problem-based Learning Activity (PBL) that requires students to propose and defend a design to provide power to a lunar or Martian research habitat for six explorers. To prepare, students will investigate the variables that affect the operation of solar panels, learn about energy, power, and circuits, design a solar energy system to meet the power requirements for their own homes, and learn about the solar panels and energy use on the ISS.

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MarsBound! Game PowerPoint Introduction

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 3-10)

Uploaded: September 12, 2012

This PowerPoint presentation serves as a visual introduction to the engineering design simulation game created by the ASU Mars Education program and funded by JPL. The presentation will show the game board and cards with guidelines required to complete a mission. The url for the newest edition of the game documents is located at: http://marsed.asu.edu/lesson_plans/marsbound

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Curiosity Video 7 Minutes of Terror from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Media Player Video (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: June 23, 2012

This is the latest video explaining how the rover will decend into the Martian atmosphere and land on Mars on August 5, 2012 @ 10:31pm PST. This is what we hope happens!

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Looking at the Sun pptx

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 3-12)

Uploaded: June 18, 2012

This is the resource is the PowerPoint slide set used for the "Looking at the Sun" Webshop conducted on the NEON Website. It discusses NASA missions to study the sun and a few of the simple material models for simulating Earth- Moon distance, solar and lunar eclipses.

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Moon Dial "Phaser"

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Uploaded: May 22, 2012

This is a handy manipulative that helps with idenitfying the phases of the moon and their location in the sky. Originally created by educator Chuck Bueter and posted online for instructional use.

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Summer of Innovation Rocketry Camp Journal

Lesson Plan in Word (Grade Level: 5-9)

Uploaded: May 07, 2012

This is the Journal that goes along with the Rocketry Weeklong Camp. It is given to you in a word format, so you can make adjustments to suit your sites needs.

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NASA eClips: Scarab Rover Looks at the Moon

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: April 26, 2012

This video shows how the Scarab Rover makes observations of the Moon.

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NASA eClips: Collecting Data from Mars Using ARES

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Uploaded: April 26, 2012

This video explores the manner in which data can be collected from the planet Mars using the ARES program.

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NASA eClips: Life on Other Worlds

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Uploaded: April 26, 2012

This video discusses life on other worlds.

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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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Hurricanes as Heat Engines

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Uploaded: April 10, 2012

Students examine authentic NASA satellite data to explore how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean surface. Objectives: * Students will practice finding data via the Internet. * Students will practice making line plots and data maps. * Students will understand how hurricanes gain energy from the ocean surface. * Students will form a hypothesis, compare data parameters and draw conclusions.

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Strange New Planet (ASU Mars K-12 Education Program)

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

Uploaded: April 04, 2012

This activity brings insight into the processes involved in learning about planetary exploration. This activity demonstrates how planetary features are discovered by the use of remote sensing techniques.

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Probing Below the Surface of Mars

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

Uploaded: April 04, 2012

Students record and graph temperature data to learn about the search for water on Mars.

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Mapping Mars (from Destination Mars Guide)

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

Uploaded: April 04, 2012

Students approach studying the surface of Mars in the same way as photogeologists. they interpret evidence showing riverchannels that once flowed on Mars and determine older and younger features.

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NASA eClips: Journaling in Space

Media Player Video (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: April 04, 2012

Learn how famous explorers, scientists and even NASA use journals and science notebooks to record observations about Our World. See why journaling is important on the International Space Station to record how the astronauts react to living in space.

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Earth Calling

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

Uploaded: April 04, 2012

Students explore spacecraft radio communication concepts, including the speed of light and the time delay for signals sent to and from spacecraft. They measure the amount of time it takes for a radio signal to travel to a spacecraft to and from a spacecraft, and divise unique solutions to the radio signal delay problem.

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Areology - The Study of Mars

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

Uploaded: April 04, 2012

Students examine a simulated Martian surface core sample, make observations and predictions, then match the sample with a know sample using candy bars.

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Regolith Formation

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

Uploaded: March 26, 2012

To compare the process of regolith formation on Earth and on the Moon, drop rocks into various materials to see the kinds of impacts they make.

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Charting the Physical Characteristics of Earth vs. Mars

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-9)

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Remote satellite images of Earth and Mars are used to compare and contrast physical processes that occur on both planets. Objectives Students will: • Identify similarities and differences between the physical processes that occur on Earth and Mars. • Classify images of Earth and Mars by observing physical features in each image. • Speculate about the physical features observed in each image.

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Habits of the Mind

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

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students make connections between events in their lives and the seasons of the year. One major connection relates the concept of the seasons to past observations.

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Cycles in the Stars

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

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students explore stellar evolution and draw parallels to Navajo creation stories.

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Astroventure Geology Mission

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students explore the roles of various geologists as they compare the geology of Earth, Mars and Venus in an online tutorial and activity.

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Astrobiology in your Classroom: Life on Earth …and Elsewhere? What can life tolerate?

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

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

What can life tolerate? - Begins on page 37 To show that organisms living under extreme conditions on Earth can serve as analogs for extraterrestrial life. Activity 4 explores some of the reasons to think that extraterrestrial life is possible. In doing so, it draws on concepts developed earlier in the module such as understanding what life is, what it requires, and what makes a planet habitable.

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Fingerprints of Life (It's Just Right)

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Some organisms on Earth can withstand extremes of temperature by shutting down their energy needs. In this activity, students set up an experiment to determine yeast’s temperature tolerance extremes. Students will: o Experiment with gas production of yeast at different temperatures, o Take, record, and plot data from an experiment, o Discuss extreme temperature environments on Earth and Mars.

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Now What Do You Think About the Possibility of Life in the Universe?

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

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

(Begins on page 26 of downloadable file.) Participants reexamine their own thinking, then take a new survey to find out if they have changed their opinions because of new information. Big Ideas: • At the present time, there is no positive evidence that life exists beyond Earth. • Scientists continue to research the question.

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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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The Coriolis Effect

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

The objective of this exercise is to demonstrate that an object which moves in latitude over the surface of a rotating planet experiences the Coriolis effect, an apparent deflection of its path from a straight line. Upon completion of this exercise the student should understand the concept of the Coriolis effect and be able to understand viewing an event from different frames of reference.

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Comet on a Stick - Deep Impact

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

The "Comet on a Stick" activity can be used with a wide age range. Students will see that modeling is continuous on a NASA mission as is evaluation of those models. Younger students will learn the basic characteristics of a comet. Older students will practice evaluation and improvement of the comet model shown. The importance of this activity is not the initial model or its exercise, but the fact that it will put students in the position of emulating a process that scientists and engineers follow on all missions.

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Make a Comet Model

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Comets have sometimes been described as dirty snowballs, snowy dirtballs or something in between. But what does that really mean? It means that these they are believed to be a cold mixture of frozen water, dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide), and other sandy/rocky materials left over from the early formation of our solar system. In this activity, we are going to develop a comet model that you can eat. Once your team has made your comet, you'll trade a sample of it with another team. Once traded, you will use your different senses to demonstrate the filters on an instrument called a spectrometer that will collect data on the Deep Impact spacecraft. A spectrometer analyzes the structure and composition of comets by using nine different filters. You will use four of your senses individually to decide what is in the ice cream. Most of the ingredients can be found in your home.

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Solar System Simulator

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-8)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

This Summer of Innovation lesson contains two separate activities for students to create scale models of the solar system.

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The Schoolyard Solar System

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Students and educators use an outdoor area to create a scale model of the solar system.

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Desert Rats Virtual Test Site

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Uploaded: March 22, 2012

At the D-Rats website students can log on to attempt virtual data gathering and mission simulations.

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Spacebots

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

Students will learn how NASA uses robotics technology to a great extent in its exploration of space. Participants will learn how NASA defines robotics, see how robotic systems are already widely used in the space program, and discover what plans there are for future robotic applications. Students will also have the opportunity to share their activity results with the NASA Education Specialist.

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Mission Patch

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

Educators discuss what a mission patch is and how it is designed. Tell the students they are to design a mission patch that tells a story about their group, their school and their personal goals. Just like the astronauts, the students must write a detailed explanation of their patch.

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"Planetary Play-Doh" Solar System Mass Comparison

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 3-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

This is the pdf version of the written directions for the Solar System Mass Comparison activity that uses Play-Doh or any other dough like materials. The activity was originally submitted by science teacher Jacob Noel-Storr and has been adapted/modified several times since his original work. This version uses cylinder shapes to make the dividing of the dough into even sections more manageable for younger students.

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Modeling Hot and Cold Planets

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 9-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

Students are asked to design their own experiments to test hypothesized relationships about factors that influence planetary temperature and habitability.

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The Sealed Room: Living and Working in Space

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

This project asks students to design a research habitat that will allow six researchers to live on the Moon or Mars for an extended period of time. Researchers must be able to maintain physical health and a good quality of life. To accomplish this, students must first imagine that their classroom has just become sealed for the next two to three years. Nothing comes into the room and nothing leaves the room. Not even air can enter or leave. It is a challenge!

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Edible Rocks

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

This lesson, from the Exploring Meteorite Mysteries Educator Guide, has been designed as a comfortable introduction to describing meteorites. Students use observation skills to draw a connection between the familiar (candy bars) and the unfamiliar (meteorites). Edible “rocks” are used in a scientific context, showing students the importance of observation, teamwork and communication skills.

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Meteorite Sleuths

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

The activities in this lesson, from the Exploring Meteorite Mysteries Educator Guide, focus on observation and examination skills. A Meteorite Sample Disk (or photos) will be at the center of four laboratory stations. Students will use several degrees of magnification to research meteorites in the Meteorite Sample Disk and other materials.

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Imagine the Universe: The Life Cycle of Stars

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

This booklet of educational materials contains several lessons focused on the life cycle of stars. One activity "Hey Low Mass Star...This Is Your Life", shows the discrete stages that a low mass star goes through over billions of years, from its beginnings as a gas cloud, to its death as a black dwarf.

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Edible Model of the Sun

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

Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Participants will make an edible model of the Sun’s outer layers using cookies and toppings.

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Edible Mars Rover

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

Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students use creative thinking and problem solving skills to design the FIDO or Athena Rover using a supply of different foods.

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Sun as a Star - Science Learning Activities for Afterschool

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 21, 2012

The Sun as a Star: Science Learning Activities for Afterschool is a curriculum packet for afterschool programs. The packet contains a collection of activities adapted from existing NASA resources by the American Museum of Natural History, for use by afterschool instructors with participants aged 5 – 12.

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Extreme Exploration–Solar System Missions Timeline Activity

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-8)

Uploaded: March 21, 2012

This lesson contains two activities that allow students to depict, research and follow along with NASA’s exciting missions to other planetary bodies in our solar system.

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Voyager 1 and 2, Where Are You?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-8)

Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students will appreciate the great distances between the planets and their comparable sizes, view the solar system in three dimensions in a useful scale, and visualize the paths of the Voyager spacecraft and their present distances and positions.

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Modeling the Solar System

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 3-12)

Uploaded: March 21, 2012

This series of lessons for science and mathematics classes (grades 3-12) looks at the planets in our solar system in a variety of different ways, beginning with astronomical modeling of orbits and sizes, then geologic modeling of planetary interiors, and concluding with biological evaluation of what makes planets livable by various creatures.

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Food for Thought - Summer of Innovation

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Uploaded: March 20, 2012

Collection of 6 activities from the Space Food and Nutrition Guide. Includes Planning and Serving Food, Food Selection, Mold Growth, Preparing Food for Space, How much is waste, and Ripening Fruits and Vegetables.

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How to Keep Gelatin from Melting

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-12)

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

Students will design and build a platform that will be placed on top of a heat source. A 6 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm cube of gelatin will be placed on the platform, with a thermometer inserted in it. The goal is to keep the temperature inside the cube as cool as possible and prevent the gelatin from melting.

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My Spacecraft to Saturn

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Uploaded: March 07, 2012

This activity presents an engineering challenge based on the science information students now have on Saturn and Cassini. Engineering is the subject of taking ideas from scientists and designing and building instruments and spacecraft to travel in space and test the ideas of scientists. This fun activity highlights the creative side of the design process.

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Our World: Designing a Shower Clock

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

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

Our World: Designing a Shower Clock allows students to think and act like engineers and scientists as they follow the five steps of the Design Process to successfully complete a team challenge. Within this work, students design, measure, build, test and re-design a shower clock. Once the shower clock is built, students discuss ways to conserve and recycle water.

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Survival

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

This lesson introduces students to exploration and survival in new worlds. It compares challenges faced by explorers through the ages, checking for prior knowledge about conditions for survival in 1607 Jamestown and on the Moon.

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Mars Image Analysis

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

How do scientists understand and interpret the surface features of Mars from orbit and determine if a proposed landing site will meet the mission’s science goals? This activity leads students through the process of selecting a landing site on Mars.

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Food for Thought Webinar Powerpoint for IN and SD by Kat Balch

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 4-10)

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

This is the powerpoint that was used in the Indiana and South Dakota Webinars for Summer of Innovation.

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J -TRACK 3D Satellite Tracking

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Uploaded: February 01, 2012

Satellite tracking tool which will allow the user to track orbital satellites such as International Space Station, Hubble, Chandra, Search & Rescue, GPS, Weather, Amateur Radio, and many other satellites.

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Anaglyph 3D Views of the Solar System

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: K-10)

Uploaded: January 24, 2012

NASA and other agencies use "red and blue" glasses to see 3D adapted versions of images. This PowerPoint presentation uses images of our solar system from NASA's missions and those repurposed in anaglyph form by artists and technicians. Descriptions and image credit appear on each slide, if vacant the image is credited to NASA.

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Lunar & Meteorite Geology Content

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: January 04, 2012

This Powerpoint is a compilation of presentations created by Stephanie Shipp of LPI, Noah Petro of GSFC and assorted NASA AESP Education specialists. It is used for the content background presentation portion of the Lunar and Meteroite Sample training program managed by NASA's ARES labs at the Johnson Space Center.

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Space School Musical

Media Player Video (Grade Level: 2-12)

Uploaded: January 04, 2012

Discovery Multimedia presents a multi media trip through the solar system in this ultra-cool edu-tainment “hip-hopera” that is out of this world! Move and groove along with the planets, moons, meteors, comets, asteroids and even some rockin’ scientists as they sing, dance and serve up the freshest facts in the galaxy. Hannah is trying to finish her science project - a model of the solar system. But there’s a problem: it’s due tomorrow, she’s not finished yet, and it’s past her bedtime. How will she get it done? With a little help from her friends – the most talented troupe in the Milky Way!

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Going Through Phases (Lunar Phase Sequencing)

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 2-8)

Uploaded: December 15, 2011

This activity originates as an activity that used snack sized Oreo Cookies as the medium for children to carve out the frosting and assemble a Moon phase cycle model. Many schools have passed policies which prohibit teachers from introducing food items as tools in the curriculum, so this paper plate version was developed. Certainly, not as tasty, but inexpensive, reuseable and easy to create. After the teacher has introduced lab activities that suggest inquiry related to how light and shadows interact with three dimensional objects, this activity serves as a two dimensional assessment of the concepts. Teacher places students around the room holding the Full and New Moon phases and students holding all of the various degrees in-between find their place. Process skills for evaluation and comparison are applicable.

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Solar System in Your Pocket (PowerPoint Directions)

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 2-12)

Uploaded: December 15, 2011

In working with teachers on solar system resources, the "Solar System in Your Pocket" activity is a wonderfully designed scale activity that requires few resources. It is as much a directions following activity as it is a representation of the relative distances of the planets in our solar system, so this PowerPoint presentation was designed to create a visual to accompany the written and oral directions. Coupled with the original design by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, students may become aware of the small scale applications of astronomical units and the comparisons of distances of the solar system's planets. Teachers may insert the curious mathematical table of the Bode's - Titus Law that predicts average orbital distances. It is important to discuss the misconceptions associated with models, this one included. For example, the idea that the planets are "lined up" as they appear in most graphics and that these distances do not vary.

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Dawn Classrooms - Dwarf Planet Activity

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Uploaded: December 05, 2011

This middle school activity, developed for NASA’s Dawn mission, utilizes a researched-based instructional strategy called direct vocabulary instruction to help students understand the new definitions of planet and dwarf planet. Site contains teacher guide with background information as well as student activity pages.

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Pocket Solar System

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-8)

Uploaded: October 27, 2011

Pocket Solar System: Making a Scale Model of our Solar System is a very easy and inexpensive activity that uses adding machine paper and fractions to make a scale model of the distances of the planets, asteroids and Pluto in our solar system. http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/download-view.cfm?Doc_ID=392

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Exploring Strange New Worlds

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-12)

Uploaded: October 05, 2011

This activity is a simulation of the progression of missions employed by NASA to collect observations and research exoplanets orbiting distant stars. Participants become members of a research team that makes observations on three modeled alien worlds. The first observations are the simplest viewing at a distance and progressively collect more data by moving closer to the planets and using advanced technologies, until they ultimately collect a sample of the planet they are observing.

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Visualizing the Planets to Scale

Lesson Plan in Word (Grade Level: 5-8)

Uploaded: August 12, 2011

Creating the eight planets of the Solar System to scale using different size spheres/balls.

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Simple Spectroscope

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

Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students build a simple spectroscope using a toilet paper tube and diffraction grating then use the scope to observe the spectra of different light sources and draw their observations on a provided worksheet.

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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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Amazing Rays

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students explore light and heat as different components of the Sun’s energy using photo reactive paper as a passive sensor

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Count Your Lucky Stars

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students will readily understand that the number of stars in the galaxy are truly astronomical, not to mention the total number of stars in the universe. It is recommended that students work in pairs for this activity. See page 60 of the guide.

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Space Weather Action Center

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students monitor the progress of an entire solar storm from the time it erupts from our Sun until it sweeps past our small planet effecting enormous changes in our magnetic field.

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Follow the Falling Meteorite

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Apply geometric properties and triangulation to determine the location where a meteorite fell.

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Radiation Exposure on Earth

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

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students look at different sources of radiation and calculate their exposure levels.

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What's Hidden Inside?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 3-5)

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students are challenged to gather information about items they cannot see. Activity topic selected from NASA’s KSNN™ 21st Century Explorer newsbreak “Why do robots travel places before people?”

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Aerogel-lo, Technology For Studying Comets: Part 3 Aerogel

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

Uploaded: June 21, 2011

This activity offers a simple approach for “experiencing” aerogel. Aerogel is an amazing feat of technology that was used by the STARDUST spacecraft to capture high-velocity interstellar dust and particles from the coma of comet Wild 2. This demonstration uses gelatin and pellets to show how STARDUST’s aerogel collector captured comet particles. The gelatin is referred to as “aerogel-lo.” The activity starts on page 9 of the document.

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Moon Phase and Libration

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Uploaded: June 20, 2011

NASA Animator, Chris Smith, has created an animation that shows wonderfully detailed images of the moon with an explanation of its phases and eclipses as seen from the Earth. This marks the first time that accurate shadows at this level of detail are possible in such a computer simulation. The shadows are based on the global elevation map being developed from measurements by the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). LOLA has already taken more than 10 times as many elevation measurements as all previous missions combined. The Moon always keeps the same face to us, but not exactly the same face. Because of the tilt and shape of its orbit, we see the Moon from slightly different angles over the course of a month. When a month is compressed into 12 seconds, as it is in this animation, our changing view of the Moon makes it look like it's wobbling. This wobble is called libration. The word comes from the Latin for "balance scale" (as does the name of the zodiac constellation Libra) and refers to the way such a scale tips up and down on alternating sides. The sub-Earth point gives the amount of libration in longitude and latitude. The sub-Earth point is also the apparent center of the Moon's disk and the location on the Moon where the Earth is directly overhead. The Moon is subject to other motions as well. It appears to roll back and forth around the sub-Earth point. The roll angle is given by the position angle of the axis, which is the angle of the Moon's north pole relative to celestial north. The Moon also approaches and recedes from us, appearing to grow and shrink. The two extremes, called perigee (near) and apogee (far), differ by more than 10%. The most noticed monthly variation in the Moon's appearance is the cycle of phases, caused by the changing angle of the Sun as the Moon orbits the Earth. The cycle begins with the waxing (growing) crescent Moon visible in the west just after sunset. By first quarter, the Moon is high in the sky at sunset and sets around midnight. The full Moon rises at sunset and is high in the sky at midnight. The third quarter Moon is often surprisingly conspicuous in the daylit western sky long after sunrise. Celestial north is up in these images, corresponding to the view from the northern hemisphere. The descriptions of the print resolution stills also assume a northern hemisphere orientation. To adjust for southern hemisphere views, rotate the images 180 degrees, and substitute "north" for "south" in the descriptions.

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Vegetable Light Curves

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

In this activity, students will observe the surface of rotating potatoes to help them understand how astronomers can sometimes determine the shape of asteroids from variations in reflective brightness.

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Year of the Solar System: Missions

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This is a Web site containing an up-todate comprehensive review of all planetary missions launched during the Year of the Solar System.

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Keeping Your Cool

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This activity demonstrates the principle behind the operation of the International Space Station Extravehicular Mobility Unit liquid cooling garment.

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Can Photosynthesis Occur on Saturn?

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Activity teaches the basic principle of photosynthesis and how light intensity diminishes as a function of distance from the light source. Observations are made over an extended period, although the activity set-up may take place in a shorter period of time. Activity originated from NASA Educational Brief Cassini Science Investigation Can Photosynthesis Occur on Saturn?

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Whats Out There?

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students look at dry food mixtures in sealed bottles to compare elemental abundances in stars and other celestial bodies.

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Elements and You

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students are introduced to the periodic table and elemental compsition of the universe through a series of activities.

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How We Got Stars

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students explore stellar evolution and draw parallels to Navajo creation stories.

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Hubble Deep Field Academy

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students use a Web based activity to count and classify galaxies. There are four levels each exploring different elements to the universe. Including counting objects, classifying objects, estimating distances of objects in the Hubble Deep Field. The final level is a review of knowledge of the galaxy properties.

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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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Solar System Missions

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students research recent discoveries about our solar system using NASA Internet sites.

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Earth, Moon, and Mars Balloons

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Construct a scale model of the Earth-Moon-Mars system in terms of planetary size and distance. And discover how far one might have to travel to get to the Moon or Mars.

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Exploring Planet Sizes

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students investigate planetary sizes by using models to represent planets in our solar system.This activity has two parts: Exploring Planet Sizes and Walking Planet Distances. In this first part students find objects (food and candy) to match the sizes of the planets for a Solar System model on the one ten-billionth scale.

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Assessing Planets as Candidates for Life

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students engage in a thorough investigation of what life is, what life needs to live, what makes a world habitable, what can life tolerate, and is there life on other worlds. Series of five activities from the "Life on Earth ... and elsewhere?" Educator Guide from NASA's Astrobiology Institute.

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Astro-Venture: Search For and Design a Habitable Planet

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

This interactive web site allows students to determine what makes a planet habitable and hospitable for life. Astro-Venture includes areas for learning about Astronomy, Astropheric Sciences, Geology, Biology as they design their planet. Interviews with NASA scientists, trading cards, and hands on activities are also included.

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Space Rocks! A Meteorite Game

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students listen to an on-line Native American tale followed by boardgame activitiy; reinforces understanding of the origins of meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites, as well as their characteristics and importance, while tackling some common misconceptions.

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Finding Impact Craters

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Images by LANDSAT are provided to students of land formation to determine possible evidence of where impact craters were formed. Students also are provided resources within the Web site to draw conclusions on what would happen in the event if an asteroid struck Earth.

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Searching for Meteorites

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Small balloons are inserted with an assortment of small fragments of rock chips of different colors and then filled with water. Students drop the water-filled balloons and observe and record the debris field pattern of the impact by observing the scattered rock chips where the balloons broke.

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Paint By Numbers

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

A pencil and paper activity demonstrates how astronomical spacecraft and computers create images of objects in space.

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Detecting Planet Transits

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

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students model NASA's Kepler mission observations of planetary transits (a planet moving in front of a star) by standing in a circle with model star (light bulb) in the center, and observing, through rolled up paper viewing tubes, a "bead" planet orbiting the star.

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Kinesthetic Astronomy

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students explain the relationship between the earth and the sun, model the movement of the earth around the sun and define Solstice and Equinox

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NASA Mission Simulator

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Uploaded: June 13, 2011

Students will use NASA Web-based simulators to follow sequenced directions and complete ordered tasks while learning how the shuttle is made ready for flight, how the shuttle docks with the International Space Station, how the shuttle lands, and how NASA retrieves the solid rocket boosters. They are designed to be done by an individual student or small group at a computer workstation.

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