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CK-12 Earth Science (CA Textbook)

CK-12 Earth Science (CA Textbook)

CK-12 users should treat this FlexBook as an online textbook for Earth ... (more)

CK-12 users should treat this FlexBook as an online textbook for Earth Science courses. This FlexBook underwent a thorough review conducted by practicing teachers, domain experts, copyeditors, and technical editors. It can be used in its current form, "flexed" (customized), and/or printed by the user. CK-12 supports feedback on all of its FlexBooks so that they can be continually improved and updated, while remaining aligned with state standards and curriculum guidelines.This digital textbook was reviewed for its alignment with California content standards. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Textbooks
Collection:
CK-12 FlexBook
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
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Categorizing Celestial Objects

Categorizing Celestial Objects

In this lesson students will apply astronomy concepts to develop and test ... (more)

In this lesson students will apply astronomy concepts to develop and test a classification system for planets; Participate in a class vote on planet classification; Read an article about astronomers' response to the planetary categorization; Discuss and write an essay about the scientist's role as decision-makers for the public. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Collection:
PBS
Provider:
NewsHour
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Cooking Up a Comet

Cooking Up a Comet

In this activity (page 1-5 of PDF), learners use dry ice and ... (more)

In this activity (page 1-5 of PDF), learners use dry ice and a few household materials to model the chemical composition of a comet. This recipe is fun to make and is a very dramatic way to begin a unit on comets; it is one of the more scientifically accurate demonstrations in astronomy. However, this activity can be messy and exercise caution when using dry ice. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Collection:
NASA
Provider:
NASA
No Strings Attached
Cosmic Questions Educator's Guide

Cosmic Questions Educator's Guide

This educator's guide was developed with the Cosmic Questions national traveling exhibit. ... (more)

This educator's guide was developed with the Cosmic Questions national traveling exhibit. It contains activities relating to the exhibit's theme, our place in space and time-and information about the exhibit. Although the guide complements a museum visit, activities can be used independently from the exhibit. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Harvard University
Provider:
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Cosmic Survey: What are Your Ideas About the Universe?

Cosmic Survey: What are Your Ideas About the Universe?

Lesson plans and activity composed of a three-part questionnaire that launches students ... (more)

Lesson plans and activity composed of a three-part questionnaire that launches students on discussions about where objects in space are located, and when they were formed- an introduction to the concepts of structure and evolution of the universe. This astronomical image-sorting activity lays the groundwork for discussions about the size, scale and history of the universe. Use it as a front-end assessment of how students understand the universe. Recommended for teachers of Grades 6-12 and informal educators. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Harvard University
Provider:
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Creating the Solar System  step by step

Creating the Solar System step by step

The goal of this lesson is to encourage the clarification and understanding ... (more)

The goal of this lesson is to encourage the clarification and understanding of the processes involved in the creation of our solar system. The lesson is part of a larger unit of astronomy which addresses the MA Science Curriculum Framework Standard concerning gravity and its' role in the formation of the planets, stars, and the solar system. The lesson is a springboard to other standards including; describing the layers of the earth lithosphere, mantle, and core, and differentiating among radiation, convection, and conduction- heat transfer in the earth's system. The lesson begins with a lecture describing the complex process of creation from molecular cloud to planetesimals to planets to organized solar system. The lecture is followed up with a draw/write activity in which the students are required to put in pictures or writing their interpretation of the series of steps that have been presented. The activity involves the students, working in pairs to create a visual model of one of the steps in the series. Their phase in the process will be assigned and the class as a whole will be creating a timeline in entirety. It is important to make clear that this process is not linear but certain steps overlap. In addition, this process is ongoing and is occurring in many places in the universe even today. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Teach the Earth (SERC)
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Author:
Karen Curtin
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Dancing Lights

Dancing Lights

Although children this age aren't prepared to learn about Earth's magnetosphere, they ... (more)

Although children this age aren't prepared to learn about Earth's magnetosphere, they may be interested in the Northern Lights, which are caused by our magnetic field. Students explore the aurora through art and writing. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Lesson Plans
Collection:
NASA Solar System Exploration
Provider:
NASA
No Strings Attached
Dawn Mission Video

Dawn Mission Video

Leonard Nimoy narrates this animated 13-minute glimpse of NASA's Dawn mission that ... (more)

Leonard Nimoy narrates this animated 13-minute glimpse of NASA's Dawn mission that was launched in October 2007. The movie features a look into the planning, instrumentation and technological challenges of this mission into the heart of the asteroid belt. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Collection:
NASA
Provider:
NASA
No Strings Attached
Deadly Moons Activity

Deadly Moons Activity

In this activity, children learn through art and science about the moons ... (more)

In this activity, children learn through art and science about the moons of our Solar System.The term 'Deadly', comes from the response of young Irish children who first did this activity. Moons that look like flying saucers, moons with volcanoes, moons that explode and shoot frozen water hundreds of kilometres into space, were considered so awesome they were 'deadly'. In this activity children view and then vote for the 'deadliest moon'. They then draw that moon from a still image on a screen. The main objective of Deadly Moons is to combine the goals/methods of learning through art and science, to foster the skills of observation and recording the many moons in the solar system and at the same time stimulate an appreciation of their beauty and wonder, to inspire children to investigate further the bodies within our solar system. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
EU Universe Awareness
Provider:
UNAWE
Author:
Deirdre Kelleghan
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Design Challenge: How do you keep things from getting too hot?

Design Challenge: How do you keep things from getting too hot?

Part of the "Staying Cool" education unit which investigates how MESSENGER Mission ... (more)

Part of the "Staying Cool" education unit which investigates how MESSENGER Mission can study Mercury without being damaged by the harsh high-temperature, high-radiation environment; in this activity, students design, build and test a model of MESSENGER Mission and a sunshade. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Lesson Plans
Collection:
NASA Solar System Exploration
Provider:
NASA
No Strings Attached
Design Your Alien

Design Your Alien

Review the environmental factors that make the Earth habitable and compare them ... (more)

Review the environmental factors that make the Earth habitable and compare them to other worlds within our Solar System. Use creative thinking to design an alien life form suited for specific environmental conditions on an extra-terrestrial world within our Solar System. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Games
Images and Illustrations
Collection:
astroEDU
Provider:
astroEDU
Author:
Sarah Roberts