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Pupils examine how carnivorous plants get their nutrients from animals. In this food web lesson plan students examine how the plants attract their prey and are given many onilne sources to research.
How Do Atmospheres Affet Planetary Temperatures?
Students perform a literature search and use reputable research resources in order to find the surface temperature of different planets in our solar system. They speculate about the observed and unobserved factors. Then brainstorming is done in order to give solutions to a problem.
Early Space Missions
For this space missions worksheet, students read about the launch of the space shuttle Magellan and its exploration of Venus. Students complete 2 short answer questions based on the reading.
How Big and How Far
Sixth graders investigate how far the Earth is from the Sun. They study the relative sizes of the planets to each other by measuring and making models.
Nine Around the Sun
Fourth graders explore and record the characteristics of the nine planets, then explore gravitation as it applies to orbits.
How Far Away is SOHO?
Students create a scale model of the Earth and the sun that demonstrates where the SOHO satellite is in relation to the Earth.
Explorations in Space
Twelfth graders discover how astronomers learn indirectly about objects in space without seeing them. They research one specific astronomical discovery using an exploratory device such as a space probe, and analyze how the data provide information to define and understand objects in space.
The Planets Terra Firma
High schoolers explore the theories of the creation of the universe and examine the properties of celestial bodies. They analyze the relationship between the sun, Earth and the other planets.
Temperature Variations and Habitability
Students, in groups, evaluate conditions outside the building and inside the classroom using thermometers, barometers, anemometers, etc. They compare interior and exterior conditions. They consider and discuss factors that contribute to planetary habitability.
The Greenhouse Effect
Students complete a group experiment which simulates the greenhouse effect as well as compare the climate on Earth to the climate on Venus following a class discussion on the greenhouse effect.
Paper Plate Observation
Students analyze transits from previous scientists. They identify simple objects that could have been used for documentation in the science world. They also practice scientific inquiry using methodology.
Solar System Distance Activity
Pupils examine the distances between the Sun, planets, and smaller objects in the Solar System. They design a model using beads that shows the scale distances of the Solar System using astronomical units converted into a 10 centimeter scale.
Unveiling the Secrets of Saturn
Pupils read and study an article then answer questions on Saturn. In this investigative lesson students identify ways space exploration has helped humanity and then they search the Internet for space pictures and sketch a drawing of an image.
Eighth graders examine the formation of craters. In this craters lesson, 8th graders discover the various energies involved in the formation of a crater, where you can find a crater in the Solar System, and observations of craters on the Moon. Students experiment in groups and discuss their results.
Mercury and Venus
Students learn about the characteristics of the planets Mercury and Venus. In this planets lesson, students learn about these planets and their differences from Earth. They also learn how the inventions of engineers have made it possible to learn about these planets.
Students debate the validity of predictions about the greenhouse effect.
V is for Venus Fly Trap
In this letter V activity, learners practice writing the letter V and color a venus fly trap. Students draw flies in a box and then write the letter V in circles.
New! Characteristics of Inner Planets
Aspiring astronomers assess the inner planets using this handout. They read about the characteristics of each, noting that all four of them have rocky surfaces. Rotation and revolution are introduced, including Venus' retrograde rotation, and the greenhouse effect created by the atmospheres of Venus and Earth are explained.
Students select an expedition to research, form expedition teams, keep individual diaries and compare diaries at the end of the simulated expedition. A variety of source documents are utilized in this lesson.
On the Shoulders of Giants
Learners research the important events that were taking place during the major expeditions and make presentations on how they may have influenced the expeditionary teams. There are some excellent websites imbedded in this plan.