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721 resources with the concept planets

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Beyond Planet Earth

For Students 6th - 12th
New ReviewScholars take a journey through space with 16 eye-catching images. Along the way, learners read captions starting with the moon, then move onto asteroids, Mars, and Jupiter.
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Are YOU Cut Out for Mars?

For Students 6th - 12th
New ReviewA brief, 6-question quiz identifies whether or not a scholar is ready for a mission to Mars.
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Cosmic Cookies

For Students 6th - 12th
New ReviewScholars read about each planet then bake a plate of cosmic cookies—no-bake cookies decorated to look like the planets; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
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Solar System Scavenger Hunt

For Students 6th - 12th
New ReviewScholars go on a hunt to locate objects that best fit the measurements to create an eye-catching scale model of the solar system. 
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Space Jell-O

For Students 6th - 12th
A tasty treat lends its curious substance to space exploration. Mimicking the discoveries of Albert Einstein, young astronomers beginning by making a batch of Jello-O, then four hours later, scholars place edible objects that act like...
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Enceladus, I Barely Knew You

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Use spectral knowledge to make discoveries on a distant moon. Small groups gather information from images of one of Saturn's moons. The moon orbits within the E-ring made up of mainly water ice. Using information about the composition of...
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Star Light, Star Bright? Finding Remote Atmospheres

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
People might be able to breath there. Learners view a simulation of a planet passing in front of a star. Using data from occultations of planets with known types of atmospheres, scholars determine whether the simulated planet has an...
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Agent Exoplanet

For Students 6th - 12th
Not everything revolves around the sun! Believe it or not, there are planets, called exoplanets, that orbit stars other than our sun. Learners use an interactive online resource to research several of these planets. They learn about the...
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How Big is the Solar System?

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Find out if it's possible to travel to the edge of the solar system. Learners use a piece of string to model the distance between planets in the solar system. They then use the distances to calculate how long it would take to travel to...
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Blinded by the Light!

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils learn of multiple ways astronomers look for planets outside of the solar system. By completing a hands-on activity, scholars discover that trying to see the planets directly because of the glare from the nearby star is nearly...
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Planetary Mysteries

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Get to know our little part of the vast universe. Learners read about the common and not-so-common facts about each of the planets in the solar system. The interactive lesson includes a large amount of information as well as a quiz to...
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What Do You Know About Astronomy

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Develop an understanding of the universe. Learners answer 10 multiple choice questions about several topics in astronomy. Questions contain information about the age of the universe, gravitational attraction, galaxies, planets and comets...
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What is Astronomy?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Go study the universe. Pupils learn seven aspects about astronomy and astronomers. They begin to learn about constellations; distance and motion between objects; gravity; the electromagnetic spectrum; dark matter and energy; and teams of...
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Our Solar System

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
A tantalizing video about our solar system raises more questions than it answers, which is exactly the point. After watching the video, groups are assigned a planet to research. They develop a PowerPoint that includes key details,...
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The Dust Bunnies That Built Our Planet

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What are space dust bunnies and why are they important to us? Pupils explore space dust bunnies and how these particles helped form the planets. To understand the phenomenon, class members investigate the chemistry behind dust particles...
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Utah Open Textbook: Earth Science

For Students 9th - 12th
From the vast universe to natural disasters, Earth Science studies phenomena both near and far. A complete textbook offers informational resources for a high school Earth Science course. Chapters include topics such as the universe,...
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Moons in Comparison

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Just how big is Earth's moon? With a hands-on simulation, scholars use Play-Doh to model the sizes of the planets Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and their moons. They make predictions as a class, work together to make their models, and discuss...
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Why Are the Inner and Outer Planets Different?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
How did the planets form? An interesting video from the SciShow Space series identifies the differences between the inner and outer planets and how the history of the solar system's sun put everything in its place. Viewers also learn...
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Can a Black Hole Be Destroyed?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The destructive power of black holes is enough to give any astrophysicist nightmares. No wonder the question arises as to whether a black hole can be destroyed. The narrator of a theoretical video explores the possibilities.
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Why Is Neptune so Blue? and 3 Other Mysteries an Orbiter Could Solve

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Neptune appears as a beautiful blue color, but why? Some scientists suggested the methane in the atmosphere gives it that color, but Uranus contains more methane than Neptune. The mystery, along with three others, requires an orbiter to...
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Were the Planets Always in the Same Order?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Our solar system is just like the other solar systems, right? It seems that isn't quite true, but the differences give scientists information about the movement of the planets. An episode of the SciShow Space series describes the physics...
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The Hottest Planet Ever

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Have you ever wanted to visit the sun? While that's not an option given the temperatures involved, use a SciShow Space video to learn about the probe headed to the sun to help people understand a few things that confuse scientists. The...
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Distribution of Elements in Earth’s Crust

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do scientists know the difference between a meteorite from space and a regular rock from the earth? Scholars read a passage and answer comprehension questions about the creation of the solar system. They extrapolate the main ideas to...
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The Oldest Planet Ever Discovered

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The oldest known planet is more than 12 billion years old! A video lesson explains how unique the planet is and why it intrigues scientists. The instructor describes the recent discovery of the planet and the actual data collected that...