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Research and Resources
Fifth graders use research skills to explore conservation of natural resources. They explore methods that scientists use to learn about the world and design their own explorations. Students also research the way natural resources are used and conserved, and conduct a conservation simulation by experimenting with energy in a battery.
Mars Geologic Mapping
Students identify and interpret photographic details of a Martian surface image, design, and create a simple features map. They identify and interpret the geologic history of a part of Mars' surface and then, analyze and discuss the sequencing of Mars' geologic history. Finally, students locate other images of Mars' surface on the World Wide Web, create maps for these areas, and determine their history.
Mission to Mars: The Journey Begins
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.
A Day in Space
Young scholars complete activities to investigate micro-gravity. In this space science lesson plan, students establish where the ISS is in location to the Earth and Moon using a model. Young scholars complete an experiment to study space food and complete a disorientation maze to learn about microgravity.
Discovering Planet X
Students investigate the movements of the planet Pluto. Students participate in a hands-on activity to record data similar to the movements of the planet Pluto. Students compare their data to that found on a website.
Hero Or Zero?
Young scholars investigate science and technology by reading a children's book. In this reading comprehension lesson, students read the story Archibald Frisby and discuss the ways we use science and technology in everyday life. Young scholars summarize the book and discuss whether the title character is a hero or not based on his actions.
Our Sky: Home of Stars and Planets
Students discover that astronomy is a branch of science that includes the study of planets, stars, and constellations.
Interactions of Science and Technologies
Students explore how science and technology interact. They discuss important inventions, discoveries and technologies. They research a specific technological advance, or invention, and prepare a presentation that includes the economics, demographics and geographic parameters from the time period of their selection.
Dark Matter In The Universe
Students investigate the concept of dark matter and how it occurs in the universe. They conduct research using a variety of resources. Students use the information by reading at least two articles about dark matter. They also generate some of their own questions.
Pupils use a Venn Diagram to classify rocks by markings and size and allows them to locate similarities and differences in the physical properties of rocks. They also use sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic, as well as the color and texture characteristics to sort the rock samples.
Beyond The Earth Part I
Students explore the solar system. In this space science lesson, students take notes on the solar system provided by their instructors. Students then collaborate to design a computer-generated drawing of the solar system.
Harold's New Solar System
Students study the Solar System through a variety of experiments. In this space science lesson, 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 view a film about a plastic bag to analyze the scope of disposal issues on the environment. For this environmental concerns lesson, students watch the film and investigate predictions related to the movie and the FUTURESTATES Predict-O-Meter website. Students discuss the data and present proposed solutions to the problem in the film. Students post their own predictions on the website.
Students participate in several activities that allow them to better understand magnetism. In this exploratory lesson students take part in different activities to help them to better understand magnetic fields, circuits and electromagnetism.
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. 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.
LCROSS Moon Mission
Students read to discover the sequence of events of the LCROSS moon mission. In this space science lesson, students read an article about the LCROSS moon mission and the events that took place. After reading, students answer comprehension questions about the article.
Space Science: Journey Through the Solar System
Students explore the Solar System and examine the characteristics of al the planets. Through research and discussion, they create catalogs of the Solar System's components. Next, students use their findings to create Powerpoint versions of their catalogs. The lesson concludes with students creating travel brochures of a chosen planet.
Students explore the International Space Station online. For this space program lesson, students research manned space missions. As a whole class, students log in to Second Life and virtually explore the International Space Station.
Earth and Space Science: Let it Flow
Students engage in a lesson in which volcanoes be explored and examined. After watching a video, students create volcanoes out of clay.
Systems of Equations in Space Science
For 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.