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In this earth science worksheet, students answer 50 multiple choice questions and 35 short answer questions in preparation for the Earth Science Regents Exam.
In this earth science worksheet, students answer 85 multiple choice and short answer questions on various earth science concepts.
Reflections on Earth: Exploring Planet Earth from Space
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.
The Earth is Flat
Third graders experiment to gain understanding of the shape and rotation of the Earth. In this Sun and Moon science lesson plan, 3rd graders understand that the Earth rotates on its axis and how that explains the appearance of the moon and sun.
Life of an Astronaut
Veteran orbiter, Gerald P. Carr, relates his experience as an astronaut in this worthwhile video. He is never pictured, but creative animations support his personal narration. Include this little treat with your lesson on space exploration to provide a first-person glimpse at this astounding profession.
Students build a scale model of the Solar System and determine the time other planets take to travel around the Sun in comparison to the time of the Earth's revolution. The velocity of the planets are also determined in this lesson.
Getting to Know Saturn: Moons, Rings, and Relationships
Students identify the different objects that orbit Saturn. In 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.
Keep In Touch: Communications and Satellites
Fourth graders explore communications by reading assigned space science text. In this satellite lesson, 4th graders identify the concept of orbiting and examine gravitational pull by viewing diagrams. Students are assessed based on results of an image analysis activity.
An Understanding of the Positions of the Planets
Students investigate the positions of the planets relative to Earth and calculate distances and the time needed for radio signals to travel these distances.
Space Shuttle Science
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).
TE Activity: The Great Gravity Escape
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.
In this solar eclipse worksheet, high schoolers 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.
Where Am I - Navigation and Satellites
Students explore geography by completing a navigation activity in class. In this satellite positioning lesson, students define terms such as orbit, satellite, GPS and triangulation. Students view diagrams of the Earth's orbit and complete math problems to determine the differences in geographic locations on Earth.
Taking a Voyage away from Home
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.
Asteroids Between Mars and 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.
The Reason for Seasons
Students determine the causes of changes in season. For this earth science lesson, students relate the Earth's tilt to seasonal changes. They list traditional activities that take place in various seasons.
Solar System and Planets
Students identify the main components of the solar system. For this earth science lesson, students order the planets according to their distances from the Sun. They differentiate planets from dwarf planets.
Exploring the Solar System: All About Spacecraft/Spaceflight
Rarely do you find resources that reach high school astronomy learners. Here is something at their level! The physics of flyby missions is explained via several examples. Landing, penetrating, and roving spacecraft are examined. Diagrams explain how to overcome gravity and enter the orbit of other planets. Even the types of energy, time, and costs required are visited! If you are teaching a high school astronomy course, this presentation is for you! Note: The presentation was created in 2003, so you may want to update some of the facts.
Dangers Of Radiation Exposure
Young scholars investigate the effects of radiation exposure and how it can effect objects on earth and space. They conduct research using a variety of resources and use the information to create a project that is reflective of good research methods.
Students continue their examination of how to make a human presence in space. Using Newton's Laws of Motion, they discover the difference a rocket's payload affects the launch of a rocket. They develop a balloon rocket and test its payload by using a paper clip.