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Space Science: Introduction to Stars

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Take a crash course in astronomy with a video playlist from Crash Course Kids! Each video is short, engaging, and informative for both future astronauts and science teachers eager for a fun take on the stars.
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Space Science: The Sun and Its Influence on Earth

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
These videos by Crash Course Kids are an excellent way to get your class pumped up about the solar system. From rotations and revolutions to the gas giants and rocky planets, everything (and more) about the solar system is covered in...
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The Outer Planets Lessons and Activities Grades 3-5

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Explore the solar system, investigate space technology, and examine the planets—and their relative size and distance compared to the inner planets—with a collection of space science lessons.
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MAVEN Educator Ambassador Project

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Far Out! The MAVEN Educator Ambassador project trains the trainers on space science topics for middle and high school scholars. The five lessons in the collection were developed by the project, and focus on planetary atmosphere and...
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Space Science: Adventure is Waiting

For Teachers 4th - 6th
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...
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Discovering Saturn, The Real "Lord of the Rings"

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Reading, writing, and rings! A activity from NASA combines space science with authentic reading and writing tasks. Included in this activity are pre-reading activities, four mini informational booklets on Saturn, a structured note-taking...
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Manned vs. Unmanned Space Exploration

For Students 5th - 8th
Space science superstars examine two data tables: one detailing manned space missions and one with unmanned missions. Seven tasks compare the two types of space exploration. This fascinating information is a great introduction to any...
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GED Vocabulary: Earth and Space Science

For Students 9th - 12th
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.
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Reading and Writing about the Solar System

For Teachers K - 2nd
A superb interdisciplinary approach highlights this activity which incorporates space science knowledge and narrative skills. After reading The Magic School Bus, two excellent poems, and watching a video, all about our solar system,...
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Science All Around

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Explore space science by reading a non-fiction book in class. Pupils read the book Science All Around and discuss the technical aspects of scientific investigation, particularly space exploration. Then they define a list of scientific...
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Solar System Science Journal

For Teachers 5th
The creation of an online science journal is the focus of this excellent lesson. Fifth graders utilize PowerPoint, and digital kits in order to create their journals. The journals include a space science word, its definition, the word...
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Modeling the Solar System

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students build a scaled model of the solar system. In this space science lesson, students arrange them according to their distances from the sun. They analyze each planet's unique features such as density and relative gravity.
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Deep Impact's Comet on a Stick!

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students create a model of a comet. In this space science lesson, students compare their model to the characteristics of a real comet. They evaluate and make necessary modifications to their original design.
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Regolith Formation

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explain the difference between regolith formation on Earth and the Moon. In this space science lesson, students model the different factors affecting regolith formation on Earth. They identify the different types of weathering.
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Technology for Studying Comets

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students design an Aerogel model to capture clay particles. In this space science lesson, students discover what happens to comets as they hit a surface. They explain how the Aerogel technology would help scientists study comets better.
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Systems of Equations in Space Science

For Students 9th - 12th
In this system of equations worksheet, learners 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.
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GED Vocabulary: Earth and Space Science

For Students 9th - 12th
In this earth and space science worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle given seven clues and seven terms about earthquakes, the solar system, and convection currents.
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Space Science: Phases of the Moon

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Looking for a terrific lesson on the phases of the moon that has lots of good worksheets? With two excellent websites are embedded in the plan, the activity is sure to spark some interest in your astronomy unit. Some common...
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Gingerbread Spacecraft

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students explore the different parts of the Cassini spacecraft. In this space science instructional activity, students create a model of the spacecraft using food products. They compare and contrast their model with the real one and...
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When You Look Up to the Moon

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Elementary learners explore space science by reading a book in class. Either as a class or in small groups, read When You Look Up at the Moon. Next, pupils discuss what they know about the moon and the importance of the moon's gravity to...
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Make a Sundial

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore space science by conducting a sun experiment in class. In this time telling lesson, students discuss how the sun sits in our sky at exact times each day and how astronomy is based on our perspective of the solar system....
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YouTube Video vs. The Universe

For Students 9th - 12th
Our world seems to be a pretty big place ... until you compare it with the rest of the universe. Where does Earth fit in? Space science scholars watch as the narrator uses a tiny pixel to illustrate how much room we take up in space.
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Canada's Role in Astronomy and Space Science

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders, in groups, research a Canadian astronaut, developing a profile of their astronaut for presentation in a learning center. They visit the other groups' centers to explore more astronauts.
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GED Vocabulary: Earth and Space Science

For Students 7th - 9th
In this earth and space science activity, students complete a crossword puzzle given 7 clues and a word bank about the solar system, earthquakes, currents and the Earth's crust.
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GED Vocabulary: Earth and Space Science-Earthquakes

For Students 7th - 9th
In this earth and space science learning exercise, students complete a crossword puzzle given 7 clues and a word bank on topics such as earthquakes, erosion, galaxies and weathering.
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GED Vocabulary: Earth and Space Science-Earth's Crust and The Solar System

For Students 7th - 9th
In this earth and space science worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle given 9 clues and a word bank on topics such as sea floor spreading, tectonic plates, faults, lava and the big bang theory.
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GED Vocabulary: Earth and Space Science-Glaciers and Populations

For Students 7th - 9th
In this earth and space science worksheet, learners complete a crossword puzzle given 7 clues and a word bank on topics such as glaciers, weathering and population density.
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GED Vocabulary: Earth and Space Science-Planets, Nuclear Power and the Earth

For Students 7th - 9th
In this earth and space science learning exercise, students complete a crossword puzzle given 9 clues and a word bank on topics such as glaciers, the solar system, nuclear power plants and earthquakes.
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GED Vocabulary: Earth and Space Science

For Students 9th - 12th
In this GED vocabulary learning exercise, students complete a crossword puzzle about earth and space science topics. There are 9 definitions about plate tectonics, the solar system, the Big Bang Theory and weather. Students are given a...
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GED Vocabulary: Earth and Space Science

For Students 9th - 12th
In this earth and space science GED worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle given 7 clues about topics such as earthquakes, the Milky Way Galaxy and weathering and erosion. Students are given a word bank to use to complete the...
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Living in Space

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students explore space science by viewing a video in class. In this astronaut instructional activity, students identify the living habits of astronauts by researching the NASA website and observing a space science video in class....
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Space Pioneers: Major People Involved in Space Exploration

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young scholars explore space science by researching the people involved with it. In this famous explorers lesson, students identify the first people to reach space such as John Glen, Buzz Aldrin and Alan Shephard. Young scholars complete...
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Understanding Space Travel

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the unique environment of the moon and Mars. In this space science lesson plan, students design a city located in the outer space. They create a computer aided design, models or drawings of their cities and share them with...
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Flight of the Future/Space Flight

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students explore space science by viewing videos on YouTube. In this moon landing instructional activity, students view clips of Neil Armstrong taking his first step on the moon and discuss the space race between the U.S. and Russia....
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Extraterrestrials

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss the possibility of intelligent life in space. In this space science activity, students decipher a radio message electronically transmitted in space. They create their own extraterrestrial welcome greeting.
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An Explorative Journey Through the Solar System

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore space science by creating a planetary model in class. In this solar system instructional activity, students identify the many planets and moons that make up the solar system and decide on one entity in which to research....
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Exploration of Mars

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the three-phase strategy used by NASA for scientific exploration. In this space science lesson, students research past missions to Mars. They share their discoveries and create a timeline as a class.
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Solar Cycle

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars explore the solar cycle through a series of experiments. For this space science lesson, students construct and evaluate solar cycle graphs. They explain how this phenomenon affects the Earth.
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Our Place in Space

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders identify the different planets that make up the solar system. For this space science lesson, 3rd graders construct a scale model of the major planets. They explore their different unique features and dress up as planets.
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Up In Space

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
In this science worksheet, students cut out four pictures related to space science. Students paste the pictures under their correct explanation.
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Strange New Planet

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students simulate different spacecraft missions using materials provided. In this space science lesson, students observe and record a planetary model's features from a distance. They relate this activity to scientists' space exploration...
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Blast Off!

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this recognizing space science vocabulary worksheet, students read clues, count number of letters with one given, and fill in the blanks with puzzle words. Students write 21 answers.
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What's All the Buzz About Light Years?

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students compare distances in space. In this space science instructional activity, students explore what a light year is. They create a poster advertising a transportation method that travels at the speed of light.
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Visual Arts- Planetary Travel Brochure

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students research the planets and create a "travel brochure." In this space science lesson, students read the book Magic School Bus: Lost in Space and identify various properties of each planet. Students create a brochure for a specific...
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Investigating Planetary Life

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers 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.
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Meteorites

For Teachers 1st - 11th
Students model how meteors fall to the surface of planets. In this space science lesson, students identify different types of meteorites using an interactive online website. They investigate the relationship between a meteorite's size...
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Observing The Sky

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science activity, learners find the words that are related to the observations made of constellations and other related puzzles.
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Reflect on this Mote of Dust

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore space science by analyzing a speech by Carl Sagan. For this cosmos lesson, students view an online video of a speck of a "pale blue dot" in the distance of space which turns out to be Earth. Students write an essay...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Tooning into the Cosmos

For Students 8th - 12th
In this current events instructional activity, learners analyze political cartoons that feature space science. Students respond to 3 talking point questions.
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Getting to Know Saturn: Moons, Rings, and Relationships

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students identify the different objects that orbit Saturn. In this space science lesson, students plot the graph of orbital speed and distance. They explain why planets and asteroids remain in orbit around the sun.
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Probing Below the Surface of Mars

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students simulate the search for water in Mars using simple apparatus. In this space science instructional activity, students explain how soil temperature affects the cooling of probes. They graph the data collected from the simulation.
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Impact Craters: Holes in the Ground!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students simulate crater formation through a lab activity. In this space science lesson, students calculate how much energy is transferred during meteorite impact. They identify different factors affecting the size and depth of craters...
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Stars in the Sky

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars inspect space science by creating an illustration. In this star identification lesson, students listen to a reading of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and complete an astronomy worksheet. Young scholars utilize glitter and...
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Make a Comet Model and Eat It!

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students construct a comet model based on procedure provided. For this space science lesson, students compare the physical properties of comets to the models they made. They record their observations and share them with the class.
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Measuring The Diameter of a Star

For Students 9th - 12th
For this space science worksheet, students find the correct measurements using the tools provided in this lab experiment. The second page is used to record data.
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Lab

For Students 7th
In this space science worksheet, 7th graders use the star circles given but the teacher to complete 14 short answer questions. They plot the stars on the graph.
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Making Models of the Solar System

For Teachers K - 1st
Students discover our Solar System by creating miniature models.  In this space science lesson, students utilize a clothesline, construction paper and clothespins to recreate the solar system within their classroom.  Students create a...
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Getting to Know Saturn: The Saturn System

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students compare and contrast Earth and Saturn's planet features. In this space science activity, students draw a diagram of the solar system and identify the different components. They complete a Saturn system scavenger hunt and Venn...
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Rover Races

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students identify the challenges encountered by astronauts in operating a planetary rover. In this space science lesson, students create a rover using their team members. They follow a command sequence from the driver and navigate...
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Searching for Life on Mars

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars describe the environmental conditions in Mars. In this space science lesson, students draw a Martian critter based on a fictional story read to them. They identify the special features an organism must have to survive in...
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Size and Shape

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students observe different substances under the microscope. In this space science lesson, students identify the different features of SEM images. They formulate a conclusion about the images of Mars meteorites.
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Night Sky Observation

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students explore space science by completing an observational worksheet. In this astronomy lesson, students view several worksheets in which students identify minor changes between separate images in preparation for real star...
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Our Sky Clock

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explore space science by completing a worksheet in class. In this astronomy lesson, students discuss and identify star patterns in the night sky and relate these patterns to the approximate time they appear. Students complete an...
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Minor Members of the Solar System

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students differentiate asteroids, meteors and comets. In this space science lesson, students create a model of a comet. They name the different technologies used to view these heavenly bodies.
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Planets (Inner and Outer)

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research about the characteristics of their chosen planet. For this space science lesson, 6th graders create a PowerPoint presentation based on specific criteria. They present their project in class.
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Beyond the Solar System

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students describe the life cycle of stars. In this space science lesson, students explain how important constellations are to people. They identify the name of constellations based on star patterns.
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Sun Activity

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, middle schoolers find the answers to the questions concerning the topic of the sun and they label the diagram for the sun.
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NASA Plans Moon Base

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
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...
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Earth and Space Science

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Students investigate space travel. In this science lesson, students discuss the space station and its representation in orbit. They talk about food, travel and survival in space with the correct equipment.
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The Solar System

For Students 3rd - 4th
In these space science worksheets, students find the words in the word search puzzle. Students then answer the nine questions about the planets.
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Taking the Measure of the Universe

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Four fabulous activities immerse amateur astronomers into measuring objects that we cannot handle. The experiences are applied to NASA's Space Interferometry Mission, which will take measurements of planets around stars other than our...
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Return to the Moon

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students react to statements about space exploration, then read a news article about plans to resume manned flights to the moon. In this space science and current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and...
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Do We Expand With the Universe?

For Students 7th - 12th
The cat's out of the bag (or off the leash, in this case) regarding the expansion of the universe. In this intriguing episode, the narrator explains that space is expanding, not the objects within it. He also tells how expansion...
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Attitude Determines Altitude

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
A fabulous lesson which combines mathematics with space science. Middle schoolers work in cooperative groups in order to research early astronauts and their accomplishments. They look at a variety of rocket and space shuttle designs, and...
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How Big Is That Star?

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Aspiring astronomers study stars. They compare stars and explain the relationship between radius, mass, and diameter. By creating a star simulation, they discover how a binary star system's orbit can cause changes in the observed...
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Project X-35

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If you want to have your space science superstars build and test rockets, NASA has crafted a comprehensive guide for you! In collaborative groups, high schoolers construct soda bottle rockets and apply Newton's laws of motion. Everything...
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Who Wants to be a Millionaire Student?

For Teachers 5th - 6th
A most-entertaining, and educationally valuable PowerPoint awaits your class. This "Who Want to be a Millionaire?"-type game focuses on the sciences. Questions from the world of Earth, Life, and Space science are present. As the game...
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3rd Grade Science Review Jeopardy Game

For Teachers 3rd
Here is an outstanding Jeopardy-style game which serves as a prep for a 3rd grade end of the year standardized test. This is a brilliant way to get learners ready for the test, as the questions are in a similar format to the test itself....
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The Earth and Moon

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
An outstanding space science PowerPoint is here for your charges. It provides an effective overview of the Solar System; specifically the Earth and the Moon. The slides contain illustrations of the planets and focus on the Earth's...
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How Fast are You Moving Right Now?

For Students 6th - 12th
Did you know that when you are sitting in your easy chair, you may be moving up to 1000 miles per hour depending on what part of the planet you are sitting on? Consider relative speed by watching this moving video. Boggle brains in your...
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Why is the Solar System Flat?

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
When three dimensions are available, why is our solar system shaped like a flattened disk? Find out how the conservation of angular momentum plays a role. Physics and space science learners alike will be blown away by this bit of...
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once and future MOON

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Beyond the phases of the moon, this comprehensive lesson plan covers geologic history and geology. Amateur astronauts examine photos of the lunar landscape, experiment with the creation of craters, and delve into information about the...
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The Sun, Moon, and Our Solar System: Teacher/Student Notes

For Students 3rd - 5th
Introduce basic Earth and space science to your budding astronauts. This handout works in two ways, the first part provides information about the sun, moon, eclipses, and Earth to be read to or by the class. The second part is composed...
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Introduction to Building Sciences: A Curriculum Supplement

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Mars or bust. An engaging STEM unit has scholars design a base that allows scientists to live on Mars. Along the way, they learn about building science and space science.
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Excite the Night with a Look at the Moon

For Teachers 1st - 8th
What better way to start a unit on space science than with a look at our beautiful moon?
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Mission to Mars: The Journey Begins

For Teachers 5th - 8th
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.
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A Day in Space

For Teachers 5th - 7th
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...
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The Planets in Our Solar System

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
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 plan, students identify the nine planets. Students work in groups to...
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Harold's New Solar System

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
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...
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Earth/Space Science

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Young scholars explore the International Space Station online. In this space program lesson, students research manned space missions. As a whole class, young scholars log in to Second Life and virtually explore the International Space...
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Space Science: Journey Through the Solar System

For Teachers 5th - 8th
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...
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Space Science

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders study the objects in our solar system.  In this space lesson students identify and describe planets, then classify them as terrestrial or gaseous.
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Earth and Space Science: Let it Flow

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students engage in a lesson in which volcanoes be explored and examined. After watching a video, students create volcanoes out of clay.
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Monster Functions in Space Science I

For Students 10th - 12th
In this solar magnetic field worksheet, students are given 2 equations and use them to find the magnetic field strength and the Bp and Bz for given conditions. they express their answer using scientific notation.
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Integrating Space Science-Our Changing Universe

For Students 8th - 10th
In this universe learning exercise, students read about the big bang theory and the evolution of the stars from the elements. Students answer four critical thinking questions about the beginnings of our universe.
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Space Shuttle Mission STS-128

For Students 6th - 9th
For this space science worksheet, students read about the space shuttle mission and answer 6 short answer questions about life of astronauts in space stations.
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A Trip Into Space

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
In these space science worksheets, students study the pairs of similar items and circle the ones they would take into space. Students then study the diagram of the planets and match the clues to the planets.
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Robot Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students construct a simple robotic energy transformer. In this space science instructional activity, students explain how energy is transformed from one form to another. They identify the different uses of robotic devices.
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Black Holes... What's inside IX

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
In this space science learning exercise, students solve 7 problems related to black hole space and time. They answer questions related to the spacetime dimension.
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IT'S ALL ABOUT SPACE

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the words that are related to the objects of space and the answers are found by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
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Meteor, Meteoroid, Meteorite: What's the Difference?

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students explore the difference between a meteor, meteorite and meteoroid. In this space science lesson, students first read information about these space bodies. Students make Comet Cookies and use them to model a meteor shower with a...
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Space Exploration to Find Habitable Planets

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students explore space science by reviewing scientific vocabulary terms. In this planet identification instructional activity, students identify the nine planets in our solar system and discuss which ones could potentially harbor life at...
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Space Ship Coloring Page

For Students 1st
In this space science worksheet, 1st graders color the picture of the spaceship while creating their own designs. They could cut out the ship as an extension activity.
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Apollo 13 wordsearch

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the words related to the mission of Apollo 13 and the answers are found by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
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Using Telescopes

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete activities to study the use of telescopes to study space science. In this space science lesson, 4th graders study pictures of the Earth, Moon, and stars. Students make their own telescopes out of a paper roll and...
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Do Some Research - First Woman in Space

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this space science research worksheet, students use the library or Internet to determine who the first American woman in space was. They write the answer on the blue line, write a short essay about the topic, and draw a picture to...
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Constellations

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders create their own constellations using pin holes and black paper. In this space science lesson, 5th graders write a story about their constellation. They share their project with the class.
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Introduction to Earth Sun Relationships Incorporating P.E.

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders investigate space science by performing physical activities.  In this solar system lesson, 3rd graders perform a relay activitiy with their class in which they race between different "planets".  Students define space...
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Science Station Day

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explore science topics by participating in a lesson ending activity. In this science experiment lesson, students conduct different experiments and activities based on each of their science lessons over the course of the year....
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Shadows in the Sky

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore space science by conducting a class experiment. For this solar system lesson, 3rd graders read assigned text which describes how the Earth and other planets revolve around the sun. Utilize a digital camera,...
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Preschool Lesson Plan: Moon and Stars

For Teachers Pre-K
Students explore space science by reading night sky related stories. In this astronomy activity, students read the book One Round Moon and a Star for Me and other space science books. Students create cookies shaped like the stars and...
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Into The Universe

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science learning exercise, learners find the solution to find the different heavenly objects through identifying the pictures.
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Superfun Measuring Stars

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the words that are related to the practice of measuring stars and the answers are accessed by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
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Stars and Galaxies

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science instructional activity, students find the words related to the terms used to describe stars and galaxies. The answers are found through clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
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Stars and Planets

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the words that are related to the vocabulary of stars and planets. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Venus and Uranus Wordsearch

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the words that are related to the planets of Venus and Uranus. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Astronomy Class

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science learning exercise, students find the words associated with the basic terms of Astronomy. The answers are located at the bottom of the page.
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Comets and Asteroids

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science learning exercise, students find the words that are part of new vocabulary for the concepts of comets or asteroids. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Named Moons of Saturn

For Students 6th - 8th
For this space science worksheet, students find the words that are related to the learning of new vocabulary about the moons of Saturn. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Cosmology

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
In this space science worksheet, students find the words that are related to the study of cosmology and the answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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Distance in Space

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore space science by measuring distances between planets. In this solar system lesson, 6th graders view a Bill Nye video and discover the conversion between the metric system and imperial measuring systems. Students...
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Summer Sky Tour

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore space science by participating in a constellation identification activity. In this astronomy lesson, students view star charts based on the different seasons and define a list of astronomy related terms. Students...
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Sky 2: Shadows

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore space science by participating in a shadow experiment. In this sky observation lesson, students identify how the sun creates different sized shadows by moving across the horizon. Students utilize yard sticks, markers,...
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Planetary Orbits

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore space science by completing a solar system identification worksheet. In this planets activity, students discuss the different planets in our star system and identify their traits. Students complete an orbital system...
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Shine On, Moon

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore space science by conducting an experiment in class. In this Moon lesson plan, students define a list of space science vocabulary and read the book The Moon. Students utilize shoeboxes and string to conduct a sunlight...
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Scientific Notation

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students explore rational numbers by analyzing space science. For this scientific notation lesson, students examine a map of the solar system and identify the distances between each planet and our Sun. Students utilize scientific...
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Planet "Geo" Pardy

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Pupils review planetary facts through "Geo"pardy game. In this space science lesson plan, students recall facts about aurora and magnetic fields. They collaborate with team members and agree on a final answer.
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Sunspot Activity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this space science worksheet, students find the data that is needed to help them acquire the knowledge concerning sunspots through observation and data collection.
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Planets, Constellations, and Stars

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the answers to the research questions that focus on the stars, planets, and constellations.
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Universe Matching Worksheet

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students match the vocabulary term related to galaxies to the definition found in the right column. The answers are found by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
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Moon Observation Chart

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students find the phases of the moon for each day throughout the days of the month. The information is recorded on the calendar.
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The 9 Planets

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this space science worksheet, students study the pictures of the nine planets. Students memorize the planets by the pictures of the planets.
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Visit Our Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students learn about the planets by creating a MediaBlender travel brochure. In this space science worksheet, students do research on a planet and create an interactive brochure for a visit to this planet. Students include facts about...
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The Red Planet (Mars)

For Students 2nd - 4th
In this space science worksheet, learners read 8 weather words and circle the ones that pertain to Mars. Students use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast Earth and Mars. Learners answer 2 short essay questions about Mars.
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The Moons of Jupiter

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders study the moons of Jupiter. In this space science lesson, 7th graders plot the density and diameter of the Galilean satellites on the chart. Students then hypothesize about the composition and trends for distance for the...
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Astronomy

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explore space science by utilizing education software. In this moon cycles instructional activity, students discuss the importance of the moon and the different phases we observe from earth. Students demonstrate the earth's...
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Impact Craters

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students investigate the factors affecting the size of a crater. In this space science activity, students collect data from the activity and graph them. They explain how velocity of impact relate to crater size.
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Solar System Bead Distance Activity

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create a scaled solar system model using colorful beads. In this space science lesson, students convert AU units into metric measurements. They arrange the planets according to their distances from the sun.
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Wonders of Our Universe Film

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this space science worksheet, students complete nine sentence fill-in's based on the information from the film Wonders of Our Universe.
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Adopt a Planet Math

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students practice using math skills by investigating our solar system.  In this space science lesson plan, students research a specific planet of our solar system and take extensive notes.  Students write a paper about their planet and...
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Exploring Space-Science Puzzlers, Twisters & Teasers

For Students 5th - 8th
In this space worksheet, students complete 12 different science puzzles, word scrambles, and brain teasers about vocabulary terms from their chapter.
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Integrating Space Science-Ion Propulsion in Deep Space I

For Students 7th - 10th
In this ion propulsion worksheet, students read about Deep Space I that uses ion propulsion to power the spacecraft. They learn about ion propulsion and answer three questions about it.
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Bellwork Week 20-Space Science

For Students 7th - 9th
In this space worksheet, students answer questions about the size comparison of the moon, Earth, Solar System, Virgo Cluster, Milky Way Galaxy, and Universe, they answer questions about the Milky Way Galaxy and they sketch the life cycle...
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Space Science: Zodiac Track

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students create posters of the constellations using glow-in-the-dark glue and black paper. They hang their posters around the room starting with Aries and moving through all the signs. Students create a jingle or acronym to help them...
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Another World - Activity 1

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Learners create working kaleidoscopes and discuss the science behind the project in this introductory lesson on Space, Science, and Art. The lesson includes resource links and a downloadable video.
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Hello, Is Anybody Out There? (cont.)

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space science worksheet, students read an informative passage about radio waves and the possibility of sending messages in space. The passage describes a "Sounds of Earth" record on the Voyager satellite which contains messages...
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Rocket Transportation

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Upper elementary and middle school children become aerospace engineers as balloon rockets are tested for the weight of their payloads. They construct the rockets, test and record data, and then explain ways to increase capacity. Consider...
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Mission Complete, Houston

For Students 4th - 8th
It was a bittersweet event when the space shuttle Atlantis touched down for the last time on July 21, 2011. Space science learners read an article about this event in The New York Times and then write answers to who, what, where, when,...
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Astronomer Trading Cards

For Teachers 6th
Famous astronomers, and their contributions to the world of astronomy, are the focus of this space science lesson. Pupils make a trading card of the astronomer he or she is researching. Then they get together in pairs to complete a Venn...
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Free Falling in Outer Space

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
How do satellites orbit the earth? Technically they are free-falling, but missing Earth's surface! Being explained in great detail and with entertaining animation, these concepts are sure to amaze your starling scientists! Another plus...
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Investigating the Atmosphere - Air Takes Up Space

For Students 1st - 5th Standards
How do you know there is air? Can you see it, smell it, feel it? To begin the investigation, learners watch a video and discuss what they know about air and the atmosphere. Then, they participate in five different hands-on, inquiry-based...
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Planetary Jeopardy!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Space Science can be so much fun, especially when you play Planetary Jeopardy! This game tests students on what they know about Roman Gods, the nine planets, moons in our solar system, and the Earth's rotation. Tip: Set this game up as a...
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I'm Gone

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers plan a mock mission to Mars. In this space science lesson, students work in cooperative groups and select one experiment to take on their mock mission. Middle schoolers create a mission plan form and send a proposed...
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Stars and Slopes

For Teachers 10th - 12th
More of a math lesson than physics or space science, high schoolers take a set of data and plot it on a log-log coordinate system. The write-up for day two was never completed, but day one, "Stars and Slopes," is complex and cohesive....
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Questioning NASA

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Space science and math collide in this inquiry that investigates launching times for antacid-tablet rockets! Upper elementary or middle school learners collect data as they launch these mini rockets. They apply concepts of place value...
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Solar System Quiz

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this space science worksheet, students take an eight question quiz that contains multiple choice, short answer and true or false questions. All of the questions are based on facts about the solar system.
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Solar System Quiz

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
In this space science worksheet, learners complete an eight question quiz about the solar system. The quiz has multiple choice, short answer and true or false questions.
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Fossil Meteorites

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Fossils ... from space? Science scholars discover evidence in a limestone quarry that helped researchers learn about a meteor shower that lasted hundreds of thousands of years through an interesting video from Brain Scoop's Fossils and...
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Our Solar System - Comparing Planetary Travel Distances

For Teachers 7th - 8th
NASA presents a mini-unit on distances in our solar system. It incorporates scientific concepts of gravity, mass, density, and payload while your aspiring astronauts also employ mathematics skills. They calculate speed, they determine...
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Comets

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What happens when a comet full of 'volatiles' comes to close to the sun? The volatiles ignite, creating a long gaseous tail. Are there differences between meteors and comets? Leading scientists and CG graphics help differentiate the two...
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Telescopes, Galileo to SLOOH

For Teachers 5th - 8th
What have we learned since the invention of the telescope? Travel back to the year 1610 and find out what Galileo discovered, his theories, and what it has meant to space science. This clip gives learners a complete history of the...
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Star Personalities

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Reach for the stars with a fun space science video! Viewers learn about the different types of stars in the galaxy, as well as the ways to organize and classify them based on color and age.
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Galaxy Hunter - A Cosmic Photo Safari

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Space science stars journey through our night sky and take virtual photos of galaxies to investigate simple random samples. Higher math is used to analyze the data collected. Copy the evaluation/assessment questions onto a handout for...
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Planets-- Missing Words

For Students 2nd - 4th
In this space science activity, students complete nine sentence fill-in's about the planets in the solar system. There is no word bank.
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Match Planet Descriptions

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
For this space science worksheet, learners read the five descriptions of various planets and match the description with the picture of the planet.
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All About Magnetism

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Enjoy magnets and space science with a fun worksheet. With a word search, a coloring page of Jupiter, and a connect-the-dots activity, kids are sure to learn about magnetism and astronomy.
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Black Holes

For Teachers 7th - 11th
The images in this PowerPoint are really appealing and there are some definitions. However, the information is incomplete, so you would have to either add explanations or use this purely for review. Different types of galaxies are...
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Neptune: The Blue Planet

For Teachers 1st - 5th
A lovely space science PowerPoint teaches learners about the discovery and characteristics of the planet Neptune. The slides show real photographs, along with clear descriptions about Neptune. This PowerPoint is beautifully done with...
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The Solar System

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
A well-put-together space science PowerPoint provides pupils with facts about the inner and outer planets of our solar system. The slides display beautiful photographs of each planet, along with several facts. A great resource!
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Sunspots and Space Weather

For Students 4th - 8th
This assignment is out of this world! It is an online instructional activity about sunspots and solar cycles, a sort of WebQuest if you will. Links to two NASA websites and spaceweather.com are written into the questions so that your...
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The Story of the Solar System

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Have your class explore space with this resource. Learners identify the different planets in our solar system and watch a video on the topic. They design posters about meteors, asteroids and comets. This is a motivating way for learners...
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Lesson Plan: So Much to See, So Little Time

For Teachers K - 5th
How do humans and animals impact the environment? What is land division? Youngsters tape off a 12x12 inch square in an outdoor natural space. They sketch everything they see, then compare their drawings as a class. They will then be...
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From the Mouths of Space Scientists: An Introduction to Space and Weather

For Teachers 4th - 8th
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.
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How Hot and How Big?

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students explore star color and size. In this space science instructional activity, students conduct various inquiry activities to explore how the color of a star affects the amount of heat produced. They also investigate how the color...
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Flight's Contributions to the Study of Earth and Space Sciences

For Teachers 11th
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...
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Earth and Space Science: Exploring Earthquakes

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students explore earthquakes. In this earthquake lesson plan, students research earthquakes and identify where they take place. Students use map skills to track down earthquake locations. There are internet sites suggested in this lesson...
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Space Science: A Scoop of Moon Dirt

For Teachers K - 8th
Students discover soil characteristics and how it is formed on Earth and the Moon by examining local samples to a lunar simulant. They replicate the effects of wind erosion by scraping dry bread with sandpaper. Students use rocks and...
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More Space About Space

For Students 6th - 7th
In this science activity, students seven questions about outer space. Students are encouraged to research the given website and follow any links that interest them.
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Mars Rover: Opportunity

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What did the Mars Rover Opportunity find as it landed on the Martian surface? Opportunity sent amazing and highly informative images back to NASA that has enabled scientists to better understand the Martian landscape. This clip is sure...
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Birth of the Universe, Part 4/4

For Teachers 7th - 12th
One of our most helpful tools in understanding the universe is the Hubble Space Telescope. Part four concludes this series with a story about the issues and triumphs of the Hubble Space Telescope. The elements of the universe and where...
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Colonizing The Moon

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Can we colonize the moon? Better yet, should we? Start thinking about the tools, science, and potential of lunar colonization. This clip explains what needs to happen and the current advancements that can make this science-fiction dream...
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Saturn

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Go back to space school and learn all about Saturn. Explore this ringed gas sphere, its many moons, composition, place in space, and unique qualities. A great video to be viewed on its own or alongside any other space or planet videos.
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Jeopardy: General Elementary Science

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Play the Jeopardy Science Game and test your students knowledge of basic elementary science concepts. The questions in this game should be able to be answered by a 5th or 6th grader and are fairly general. Topics cover life, space,...
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Tour of the Solar System

For Teachers 6th
Learners engage in science, math, and language activities as they do research on the components of the solar system. The class begins with some anticipatory activities and discussions before it is divided into small groups to conduct...
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Paintings About Space

For Teachers K - 5th
Students examine the painting "Blue Mysteries Near the Sun, No.4." In this visual arts lesson plan, students brainstorm a list of adjectives to describe space. Students create space paintings inspired by "Blue Mysteries Near the Sun, No.4."
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Mars

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Questing for information about the red planet? Attend this class at space school and learn all about Mars. Myths, misconceptions, and facts about the planet's long and interesting history are presented. Great video! Look for other space...
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Infiltration Test: Exploring the Flow of Water Through Soils

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Soil scientists gain experience with an infiltrometer can to determine the infiltration rates at different locations on campus. If you are using the entire unit, the class has already analyzed water flow and soil types, so they should...
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Introducing The Most Heavenly Bodies In The Solar System

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Young scientists identify the major bodies of this solar system through a fun and engaging anticipatory activitity. They will then apply knowledge gained through previous experiences as well as a short research activity to the task of...
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Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Fourth and fifth graders will love showing what they know about the planets and our solar system. This game is fashioned after "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and has the class work through fifteen different solar system related...
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Birth of the Universe, Part 3/4

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Part three of this four-part series on the origins of the universe describes the radiation that can be heard in static radio signals and the other amazing remnants left today that were around at the time the universe was born. Stars,...
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The Sun

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Take your class to space school where they'll learn all about our fabulous sun. While the narrator speaks somewhat fast, he explains how the sun was born, how it works, and what ancient people believed it to be. This clip could be a...
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Scale Model of the Solar System

For Teachers 6th
Young scientists gain a better understanding of space, the solar system and its vastness by creating a scale model. Students first need to calculate the distance between each of the nine planets according to the size of their scale. This...
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The Nine Planets

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
A solid lesson on teaching the nine planets in our solar system is here for you. In it, young scientists learn the correct order of the planets, and they choose one of the planets to do a research report on. They must come up with five...
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Exploring the Sky: Reading Maria's Comet

For Teachers K - 4th
Discover the science behind astronomy. After reading the book Maria's Comet, which is about a young woman who breaks new ground by becoming a female astronomer, young learners practice reading comprehension with worksheet questions about...
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Effective and Alternative Secondary Education: Planets in the Solar System

For Teachers 7th - 12th
This is a complete packet consisting of three lessons about the origin of the solar system, the sun, and the planets. Work in this packet is meant to be self-directed; learners go at their own pace and instructions direct them on how to...
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All Things Science Jeopardy

For Teachers 4th - 6th
"Jeopardy"-style PowerPoints are a favorite for students! This resource covers four categories, and has a ????? category as well. The categories are: animal adaptations, sound, electricity, and Earth. The hints are high-level, and this...
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Going to Mars

For Teachers 6th
Pupils get to choose what project they'd most like to complete. Using what they know about Earth and Mars, they get into project groups to compare and contrast each planet. They must answer the question, "How can we live on Mars?"...
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Day and Night

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Inform your elementary scientists why we experience day and night. They are provided with facts and explanation as to why the day and night cycle occur, discuss what they've learned with a partner, and are then given the task of writing...
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Astronomers Find First Earth-like Planet in Habitable Zone

For Teachers 6th - 12th
This video is intended to complete the ESO clip on the first Earth-like planet ever found. Learn all about Earth-like exoplanets other solar systems, and the keys components needed for extra-planetary life. Many questions are answered...
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Jupiter: The Largest Planet

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Kids will love this video. Dramatic and informative, this clip describes the gas giant, Jupiter. They'll hear about Jupiter's moons, history, composition, and size in relation to Earth. It takes one thousand Earths to compose one...