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Tenth graders conduct an investigation that models the greenhouse effect. Activities include conducting library and/or Internet research on the topic of global warming to collect current scientific evidence.
Students work with a partner to plot the trajectory of a spacecraft traveling between Earth and Mars in the 2018 and returning in 2020. They examine the key factors when planning a mission to and from Mars such as travel time, distances involved and the location of the planets.
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.
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.
Young scholars take a trip through space. In this space science instructional activity, students travel on a simulated mission to a space station. Young scholars write a script and perform a play based on the pretend trip.
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.
Learners 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. Learners complete an experiment to study space food and complete a disorientation maze to learn about microgravity.
Students investigate science and technology by reading a children's book.  For this reading comprehension lesson, students read the story Archibald Frisby and discuss the ways we use science and technology in everyday life.  Students summarize the book and discuss whether the title character is a hero or not based on his actions.
Students discover that astronomy is a branch of science that includes the study of planets, stars, and constellations.
Learners 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.
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.
Students 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.
Students explore the solar system. For 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.
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.
Fifth graders work in groups to investigate the proper use of a graph during a schoolyard ecology project. The challenge of the project is for students to choose the proper form of a graph. They gather data and conduct analysis with the help of the new graph that has been made.
Pupils 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. 
Students explore natural resources by conducting a geology experiment in class. In this mineral mining lesson, students discuss the types of geological material that can be found when mining and the uses for these resources such as coal. Students utilize different sands, clays, straws, bowls and rocks to create a coal mining simulation.
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.
Young scholars 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, young scholars answer comprehension questions about the article.
Students discuss the job qualifications of a team member for a space mission. For 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.

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