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Pocket Solar System
Motivate your class with this lesson. Learners explore the solar system and practice working with fractions using this resource. They construct scale models of our solar system, and use fractions to correctly configure the solar system to scale.
5th - 7th Science 7 Views 112 Downloads
Using a Graphic Organizer to Research a Question
Is Pluto still a planet? Using this popular question, kids are introduced to graphic organizers as a writing tool. As a class, they watch a demonstration on how to use them and work together with a partner to research whether Pluto is a planet or not.
1st - 2nd Language Arts 49 Views 91 Downloads
The Earth and Beyond
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.
5th - 7th Science 19 Views 121 Downloads
Space and Science Fiction
Use the Franklin Institute's exhibition "An Inquirer's Guide to the Universe" to have students research ideas for a science fiction story. After completing their research, writers will compose science fiction stories that incorporate elements of both fact and fiction.
7th - 12th Science 4 Views 62 Downloads
Strange New Planet
Young scholars choose a spherical object to decorate with stickers, scents, etc to make it interesting. They write a key to the features for future explorers. Students use viewers to observe mystery planets. Young scholars simulate NASA missions by observing with a fly-by, an orbit, and a landing.
5th - 8th Science 3 Views 21 Downloads
How Much Would You Weigh On Distant Planets?
Students study the effects of gravity on the planets of the Solar System. They view movies from the lunar Apollo missions, calculate their own weight on other planets, and propose what they might weigh on newly discovered planets around other stars.
9th - 12th Science 7 Views 13 Downloads
Little Prince Planet, Part 1
The story The Little Prince is used as inspiration for a paper mache project and an insightful discussion. The class reviews the planets the Little Prince visited, and the observations he made on his travels. Then they create a paper mache planet that is decorated with symbolic references to childhood and growing up.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 28 Views 16 Downloads
Changing Planet: Rising Ocean Temperatures - Rising Sea Levels
As an anticipatory set, young environmental technicians watch a video about how ocean temperatures seem to be changing along with the global climate. They perform a laboratory demonstration with the purpose of observing what happens to water as it warms.
5th - 9th Science 7 Views 23 Downloads
New Review Climate Patterns
Young climatologists explore the factors that contribute to a region's climate in this two-part earth science activity. To begin, learners are provided with a map of an imaginary planet and are asked to label global wind and ocean currents before using precipitation and evapotranspiration data to identify different types of climates.
6th - 9th Science 31 Views 26 Downloads
New Review Shape Shifters in the Math Garden
Combines mathematical measurement with gardening skills. Third graders hunt for worms in the garden and try to find the longest one. They also measure and weigh vegetables that they harvest from the garden, measure rainfall amounts, and design gardens that could be created at their own homes.
3rd Math 3 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Designed
People and Climate
Model how the sun's energy strikes the planet and help your class relate it to a climate map. Assign small groups an individual climate zone to discuss. They reflect on and research how humans survive in the assigned climate and write a description to share with the rest of the class.
3rd - 5th Science 32 Views 28 Downloads
New Review Galileo: Revealing the Universe
To gain an understanding of the significance of Galileo Galilei's revolutionary ideas, class members watch the short video "Stargazing Before Galileo," and conduct a close reading of Galileo's Sidereal Messsenger. They then compare Galileo's observations of the Pleiades Group and conclusions with those images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the observations made about them in the NASA news story.
6th - 8th Science 11 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Students investigate the planets in our solar system. They conduct research using a variety of resources in order for students to make cognitive connections with the demonstrations made by the teacher. Students discover how to recognize the planets in the night sky, and how planets and stars differ from each other.
3rd - 5th Science 9 Views 42 Downloads
Students complete an in-depth study of the known planets in the solar system. As a class, students identify the planets that are known in the universe, in the night sky. They explain the differences between planets and stars and the prograde and retrograde motion of the planets.
3rd - 5th Science 13 Views 35 Downloads
The Planets in Our Solar System
Students gain knowledge about earth and space science by studying the nine planets in the solar system as well as their key characteristics. In this solar system lesson, students identify the nine planets. Students work in groups to complete a planet and description matching game.
3rd - 4th Language Arts 57 Views 163 Downloads