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Students calculate the strength of gravitational force exerted on the moon by the sun and earth. In this orbital lesson students view a demonstration to see the gravitational forces between bodies.
Student identify the three stationary positions, on the Earth, on the Moon, and in a house floating atop the cloud layers of Jupiter. They also identify the three orbiting positions, orbiting the Earth, orbiting the Moon, and orbiting Jupiter. Student answer questions in reference to mass, weight, force and acceleration.
In this earth science worksheet students complete a series multiple choice questions. There are 85 questions that include diagrams.
Photographs and graphics bring the solar system and Earth to life in this presentation. Viewers are taken on a virtual field trip, beginning with the sun and planet placement, and proceeding through both Earth and the moon's movements. They survey what makes a day, what causes seasons, and why the moon appears to change shape. This is a captivating introduction to the solar system.
Students explore the concept that free-fall eliminates the local effects of gravity. They discuss what an Earth-orbiting spacecraft experience is like as well as the terminology of weightlessness. Their lab experiment commences.
Students use computer images to explain why the Earth has seasons and examine the phases of the moon. They create 3-D images and present them to the class. They answer a series of questions at the end of the lesson.
Easily explore Earth's interior, its atmosphere, surface features, and movements through space with this engaging application. Designed at an upper-elementary level, informational text describes individual layers, rotation, the moon, and six of Earth's habitats.
Pupils observe and discuss motions of the Earth and the Moon as they spin and orbit the Sun.
In this Orbital Moon worksheet, students answer a set of prior knowledge questions, then complete several activities using the "Orbital Moon-Kepler's Law Gizmo," answering short answer questions after each activity.
Students explore space science by completing a solar system identification worksheet. In this planets lesson, students discuss the different planets in our star system and identify their traits. Students complete an orbital system worksheet and define a list of vocabulary terms.
Third graders construct a model of the earth-sun-moon system using students as the sun, moon, and earth. They discuss ways that time is related to the movement of the earth and moon.
Students use a concrete model of the Sun and Earth to observe and manipulate a 3-D model of the Sun and Earth.
Students experience the rotation of the Earth and the Sun and the Earth's revolution around the Sun, using a playground mode.
Students reflect upon the concepts of seasons. The concepts are taught using a variety of different teaching approaches. A activities lead to a reflection that will help students to make a cognitive transfer of information form short-term to long-term memory.
Eleventh graders explore the concept of orbits.  In this Algebra II lesson, 11th graders investigate Earth-orbiting satellites as they use algebraic thinking to calculate altitude and velocity. 
Students construct a pendulum using a washer and thin fishing line. In this earth science lesson, students simulate Earth's rotation using the pendulum bob and swivel chair. They explain how this activity proves that the Earth is indeed rotating.
Space explorers take a virtual trip around the sun right within your classroom! They stand in a circle facing away from the "sun" (a lamp) in the center of the room. As they move according to your instructions, they view different constellations that you have posted around the room. As a result of the exercise, pupils will comprehend the relationship between the positions of the sun and the earth. Use this vivid activity in your earth and space curriculum, especially when addressing Next Generation Science Standards for your fifth and sixth graders.
Here is a terrific science instructional activity for your elementary schoolers. In it, learners analyze different materials to simulate space radiation shielding on spacecraft, then select the best material to use to build one. This is a classic instructional activity; it is written beautifully, and everything you need to successfully implement it with your class is here. Terrific worksheets, websites, and a rubric you can use to score student work are all embedded in this fine 10-page plan.
Students watch a series of programs from NASA titled "Earth From Space". After viewing the program, they identify ways NASA is researching the reasons why the Earth is changing. They discuss the various levels of the atmosphere and answer discussion questions.
Students examine the problem of space pollution caused by human-made debris in orbit to develop an understanding of functions and modeling. It allows students an opportunity to use spreadsheets, graphing calculators, and computer graphing utilities.

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