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Students examine satellite images of Earth and contrast images at different scales. In this exploring Earth from space lesson plan, students use satellite images to contrast images at different scales, calculate distances from the scale of an image, describe a false-color image of Earth and explore how scientists use satellite images to observe changes on Earth.
Students study the nomenclature, operation and purpose of America's Space Transportation system. They demonstrate how water can be broken down into its component gases of hydrogen and oxygen by electrolysis. They construct and use the apparatus to test for the presence of the gas carbon dioxide (C02).
In this solar eclipse worksheet, learners solve seven problems about solar eclipses after making a model following five steps. They determine the different orbits for satellites, they determine the lengths of Earth's shadow and they find solutions to operating a satellite during a solar eclipse.
Learners explore geography by completing a navigation activity in class. In this satellite positioning lesson plan, students define terms such as orbit, satellite, GPS and triangulation. Learners view diagrams of the Earth's orbit and complete math problems to determine the differences in geographic locations on Earth.
Students examine the principles of orbit using water balloons and a piece of string to see how gravity and the velocity of a spacecraft balance to form an orbit. They determine how an object can escape the gravity of the sun or planet. They look at how engineers design huge rockets so that they can get out of the Earth's gravity.
Students experience and participate in a journey through a "Voyage" exhibition of the Solar System and the frontier it covers. They build a dynamic model of the Earth and Sun. Descriptions are given on the relative sizes of the Sun and selected planets and how they are positioned from the Sun.
For this asteroids of the solar system worksheet, students observe a diagram showing all the minor planets found in the orbit of Mars. Students answer 4 questions about the minor planets inside the orbit of other planets, they find the scale of the given diagram, and they determine the number of asteroids that crossed the Earth's orbit on a given data.