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Astrobio AfterSchool
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Most of the activities and concepts presented in this Instructor’s Guide are ...

Most of the activities and concepts presented in this Instructor’s Guide are based on
“Astrobiology, An Integrated Science Approach,” a high-school textbook developed by
TERC and published by Ambit Press, Cambridge, MA. This guide has been designed
to meet students’ after-school need for recreation and physical activity, as well as
intellectual challenges and cooperative play. Many of its activities require participants to
work in groups and in different settings like hallways, the gym, the schoolyard and fields.
Activities vary in their nature and focus. They may have strong components of math and
astronomy or require teamwork and engineering skills. The Table of Contents section
below explains those teaching components through graphic icons.
This guide is divided into four main units, each containing six or seven activities that
can last 30 to 60 minutes. Each activity is described for the instructor with two or three
concept points, materials, preparation, presentation and directions for implementing the
activity and a closing section or extensions.
A worksheet where participants write down observations or follow directions to an activity
accompanies each activity description.
Additional resources for some activities can be found in the Resources section of this
guide. Some activities have additional resources that will be referenced as required in the
activity description.

Subject:
Ecology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
TERC
Provider Set:
Mixing in Math
Cells and Walls
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Using toothpicks, straws, or tubes of rolled up newspaper, learners create 3-dimensional ...

Using toothpicks, straws, or tubes of rolled up newspaper, learners create 3-dimensional models to illustrate the basic structure and function of the cell membrane, and place an object inside to represent the cell nucleus. This activity can be used in conjunction with the Observing Cells and Single-Cell Life activities from the same source. This activity can be found on pages 20-21 of the activity guide.

Subject:
Computer Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Algebra
Geometry
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Geology
Oceanography
Physics
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Games
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
NASA
National Science Foundation
TERC
Seed Dispersal
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In this outdoor activity and bingo-like game, learners explore why and how ...

In this outdoor activity and bingo-like game, learners explore why and how seeds spread far from the plants that produce them. To understand natural adaptions that let seeds and fruit be dispersed, learners make modifications to dried beans and peas so they could be dispersed by natural forces like water, air, or an animal moving from one place to another. In the "Seed-Go" Game, learners match ways that seeds are dispersed, to fill rows on the game board.

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Games
Instructional Material
Provider:
Regents of the University of California
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science