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Students compare and contrast the characteristics of the three different types of black holes. In this space science instructional activity, students research black hole's lifetime, location and evidence of existence. They present their findings to class.
Students brainstorm ideas about the future of our galaxy. In this space science lesson, students research the three main events happening in the Milky Way. They write a report about their findings.
Reading, writing, and rings! A lesson from NASA combines space science with authentic reading and writing tasks. Included in this lesson are pre-reading activities, four mini informational booklets on Saturn, a structured note-taking guide, and an authentic final writing assessment. Young astronauts practice note-taking skills while gathering information about Saturn through their reading. Then they use this information to write a descriptive paragraph for mission control.
Middle schoolers discuss the possibility of intelligent life in space. In this space science lesson, students decipher a radio message electronically transmitted in space. They create their own extraterrestrial welcome greeting.
Students research about the search for life in Mars. In this space science lesson, students develop a creative visual display of their findings. They present their project in class.
Students take a trip through space. In this space science lesson, students travel on a simulated mission to a space station. Students write a script and perform a play based on the pretend trip.
Students complete activities to investigate micro-gravity. In this space science lesson, students establish where the ISS is in location to the Earth and Moon using a model. Students complete an experiment to study space food and complete a disorientation maze to learn about microgravity.
Students study the Solar System through a variety of experiments. In this space science lesson plan, students complete various activities to learn about the Solar System. Students use an apple to learn about Earth's layers, and eggs to understand the Earth's composition. Students complete an experiment to learn about the causes of day and night.
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. Students make a chart of the planets and their descriptions. Students sing a planet song. Students write a letter about their favorite planet and construct a planet diagram.
Students discuss the job qualifications of a team member for a space mission. In this space science lesson, students select a mentor from the Cassini team members and explain the reason for their selection. They assess the importance of space missions to other planets.
Students explain how Hubble telescope captures images from space. In this space science activity, students use the internet to view space photos. They debate on an issue raised by the teacher.
Students create a model of the solar system. In this space science lesson, students determine how to make the models up to scale. They discuss the challenges encountered in making them.
Students react to statements about the moon, then read a news article about NASA's plans to build a permanent base on the moon. In this space science and current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and a vocabulary activity, then students read the news piece and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
In this system of equations worksheet, students solve 2 problems by creating a system of equations for each problem in order to determine the average intensity of flares from the sun and the average power from a satellite transponder.
After researching the Greenland Space Science Symposium, curious thinkers create a PowerPoint or video presentation. They use the information they gathered to construct their presentation.
Seventh graders investigate the physical states of water and about weather observations in the fourth grade when studying Earth and Space Sciences.This unit represents the next phase of learning about the topics of water and the weather.
Students use the computer or the library (encyclopedias, dictionaries, science books, etc.) to look up the following branches of science, scientists and their inventions, and space science history.
In this earth and space science worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle given nine terms related to earthquakes, glaciers, the solar system, and sources of energy.
These full-color handouts feature two activities. The first is a reading on comets, meteors, and meteoroids. Your space science learners will examine ten phrases and determine which of the three each characterizes. The second activity involves a Web Quest in which participants visit websites about black holes, gravity, and the use of robots in space exploration. These activities are most appropriate for your upper elementary scientists.
Eleventh graders watch a NASA film about the history of flight. They discuss a quotation by Sir Isaac Newton: "If I have seen further, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." Students choose, or are assigned, the name of a person who contributed to flight research. They perform research about this person, finishing by drawing a picture of the character and constructing a narrative bubble that has the character talking about his or her contributions to flight.