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For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students study the earth in relation to the solar system.  In this planetary activity students complete several investigations into the measurement of the earth and its magnetic field.
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Not So Lost in Space

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers investigate how engineers navigate satellites in orbit around the Earth and on their way to other planets in the solar system. They study vocabulary words and participate in studying a satellite by learning about times...
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Geologic Timelines

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students view geologic time lines and discuss how old the Earth and solar system is, when dinosaurs roamed Earth, and when humans first appeared. They review the four major eons and life that was present in each before creating a time...
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Introduction to Astronomy

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students read books, view websites, and discuss pictures of the solar system and planets. In this astronomy lesson plan, students recreate galaxies on graph paper.
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Observing the Outer Planets

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students observe the outer planets. In this science lesson, students use a telescope locate the outer planets of the solar system. Students create a video of their observations.
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The Power of PV: Measuring the Power and Energy of Photovoltaic System

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
Students explore photovoltaic systems. In this alternative energy lesson, students calculate solar panel efficiency and convert devices to solar energy using photovoltaic cells.
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Attributes of Renewable Energy: From Nanopossibilities to Solar Power

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore solar energy, why we use it and how we use it.  For this renewable energy lesson students compare active and solar techniques.
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Our Super Star

For Teachers K - 5th
Young scholars observe that the Sun appears to move in predictable patterns and determine how the Earth's rotation cause night and day. They design solar cookers and prepare s'mores with their creations. Students also create models of...
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Olympic Solar Energy

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Pupils use cardboard and aluminum foil to construct a solar oven that concentrates enough sunlight to cook a hotdog. They review the history and use of solar energy in relation to the Olympics.
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Solar System

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify the basic concepts of celestial bodies. They discover the difference between perihelion and aphelion and demonstrate how the universe is expanding. They also discover how gravity and centrifugal force are...
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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, 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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Toilet Paper Solar System

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students create a model of the distances of the planets in the solar system using sheets of toilet paper and markers. Generally accepted orbital parameters are applied.
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Scientific Notation

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students explore rational numbers by analyzing space science. In 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 notation...
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Astronomical Distances and Space Travel

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students estimate the size of the solar system and the distance to the nearest star.  In this space instructional activity students complete calculations and use Sattgast Hall as a scale model.
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Interplanetary Distance and Travel Time

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students are introduced to the challenges involved in understanding the space travel distances and the time involved to do so through the use of an interactive fable. The modeling and comparisons deal with specific distances at different...
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For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students study asteroids and how their size relates to a possible danger of one colliding with Earth.  In this asteroids lesson students see how big an asteroid has to be to cause destruction to Earth. 
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Houston, We Have a Problem! An Introductory Lesson for the unit Stars, Galaxies and the Universe

For Teachers 4th - 8th
The lesson plan would make a stimulating introduction to a space unit. It is highly imaginative and suggests that the teacher darken the room to set the mood and dress as an astronaut. Teams are asked to help solve an imaginary problem...
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Orienting a Photovoltaic Cell

For Teachers 9th - 12th
By mounting a light bulb on a stand and a PV cell on another, physics apprentices experiment with the angle of incidence. Their goal is to determine the optimum angle for collecting solar energy. The use of a scientific calculator is...
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Bringing the Solar System to Life

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students make models of the planets and use the models to show revolution of the planets around the sun. They explain the rotation of the planets after demonstrating with balloons.
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Using Photovoltaic Cells and Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This interesting document suggests nine different activities for shedding light on photovoltaic cells. A bit of background information is furnished for you, as well as many, many resource links. Listed for each activity are a learning...
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Sky Watching

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students complete night-sky observations to understand how our knowledge of the sky has been enhanced by telescopes. Students complete a timeline worksheet giving the history of telescopes. Students then then make their own observations...
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The Nine Planets

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders create and analyze a model of the solar system. They anaylze and interpret data from graphs and tables. Students use technology (CD-ROMs, Internet and multi-media) to gather and present information on a planet. They...
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Sunlight Hours and Effects on Human Activity

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explore the effects of sunlight and temperature on activities of people. For this effects of sunlight lesson, students graph the average hours of daylight by month. Students draw relationship between the number of daylight hours...
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Exploring Energy with GIS

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students examine GIS technology as it is used to locate energy sources. In this GIS lesson, student access an assigned website to locate a series of lessons using the GIS software. They use the maps that are located on the primary lesson...

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