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ISS Virtual Tour - NASA

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This is NASA's virtual reality tour of the space station exterior. You'll need a VRML plug-in (available at the site), but the demonstration lets users explore the entire exterior....more
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This is NASA's virtual reality tour of the space station exterior. You'll need a VRML plug-in (available at the site), but the demonstration lets users explore the entire exterior. Your students will master the quirky controls more quickly than you do, and it's a great exploration.

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Real-time Tracking - NASA

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NASA's real-time data site lets you see where the space station is right now, and it gives pertinent data on space station and shuttle missions. Links from this page take ...more
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NASA's real-time data site lets you see where the space station is right now, and it gives pertinent data on space station and shuttle missions. Links from this page take you to more details on the space station and shuttle.

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Imagine the Universe! - NASA

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This is an updated version of a site on the stars and galaxies that's been around for a while. The presentation is keyed to applicable national and state standards (primarily ...more
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This is an updated version of a site on the stars and galaxies that's been around for a while. The presentation is keyed to applicable national and state standards (primarily Virginia and Maryland). The presentations include an unusually complete set of lessons in astronomy and mathematics.

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Images from Nasa - NASA

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This is a nicely indexed, searchable collection of NASA photos whose topics range from aeronautics to space, the planets, and beyond. Most are copyright-free, since they were created...more
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This is a nicely indexed, searchable collection of NASA photos whose topics range from aeronautics to space, the planets, and beyond. Most are copyright-free, since they were created for government use. While some image sizes are quite large, this could be a wonderful resource for creating web projects, student use, or other space and astronomy applications.

tag(s): air (148), images (278), space (227)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the topic of Solar Flares, or another outer space related topic. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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Hubble Space Telescope Site

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This site is an educator's home page for the Hubble space telescope. In addition to a collection of fabulous photographs, the site offers descriptions of the Hubble's various missions...more
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This site is an educator's home page for the Hubble space telescope. In addition to a collection of fabulous photographs, the site offers descriptions of the Hubble's various missions and the information it has collected since an in-flight repair several years ago restored its "eyesight." Well worth a visit, especially for the images.

tag(s): telescopes (9)

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Save this site as a favorite on classroom computers, for use during a unit on space exploration. Begin the unit by introducing the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before allowing students to explore it on their own. Have students create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here, to show what they have learned.

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Galileo's Villa

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This site uses Galileo's Villa as the starting point for a lengthy description of the famous astronomer's life, times, and scientific obsevations and achievements. The site is by no...more
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This site uses Galileo's Villa as the starting point for a lengthy description of the famous astronomer's life, times, and scientific obsevations and achievements. The site is by no means new, and it consists mostly of text. That said, the articles will retain the attention of an interested student.

tag(s): galileo (7)

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Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Post the resource on your teacher web page to allow students to use it for research both in and out of the classroom. This site would be a great source for any student working on a biography of Galileo, a report on the Inquisition, or the beginnings of astronomy.

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Galileo Galilei from the History of Science Museum - Florence, Italy

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This Italian site includes a display of historical artifacts relating to the studies of Galileo Galilei. The link changing it to English can sometimes be a bit tricky so be ...more
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This Italian site includes a display of historical artifacts relating to the studies of Galileo Galilei. The link changing it to English can sometimes be a bit tricky so be sure to test it before using it in your classroom!

tag(s): galileo (7)

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Use this site as an introductory activity during a unit on the famous astronomer. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to provide some context to his revolutionary ideas. This would be a useful resource for a World history or Physics classroom.

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Exploring Earth's Magnetosphere - NASA

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This is a high school level introduction to the earth's magnetosphere, covering topics such as solar wind, sunspots, and electromagnetic activity in space. While the writing is dense...more
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This is a high school level introduction to the earth's magnetosphere, covering topics such as solar wind, sunspots, and electromagnetic activity in space. While the writing is dense and technical, the author makes no special assumptions about previous exposure to mathematics or physics. The unit can be used for self-study, or for students interested in pursuing this phase of physics and astronomy in more depth. This site has a sister-site, From Stargazers to Starships.

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Encyclopedia Astronautica

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For technical and historical information about space travel and technology, this site is probably without peer. There are hundreds of pages, images, and minutely detailed chronologies...more
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For technical and historical information about space travel and technology, this site is probably without peer. There are hundreds of pages, images, and minutely detailed chronologies of the people, programs, and equipment which have contributed to space travel in countries around the world. It's an outstanding research site, and a wealth of information.

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Auroras: Paintings in the Sky - The Exploratorium

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This web site shows and tells all about auroras, seen both from the earth and from space. A self-guided tour explains how and why they occur and includes sound clips ...more
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This web site shows and tells all about auroras, seen both from the earth and from space. A self-guided tour explains how and why they occur and includes sound clips from a NASA scientist. The pictures are excellent, text is well-written, and links to other aurora information are included. You can also post your own ideas here. Sound files are accessed with RealAudio, available in the TeachersFirst toolbox.

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A special section for teachers gives classroom suggestions and ideas for assignments based on this site. You can also post your own ideas here. Sound files are accessed with RealAudio, available in the TeachersFirst toolbox.

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AstroWeb

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This site offers a collection of astronomy-related resources. Includes a searchable database of resources to choose from including telescope data and imagery. ...more
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This site offers a collection of astronomy-related resources. Includes a searchable database of resources to choose from including telescope data and imagery.

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Spectra From Space - The Exploratorium

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Neil Fetter, The Exploratorium - This well-designed site explains four different kinds of space telescopes, including the Hubble, then outlines hands-on activities to reinforce key...more
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Neil Fetter, The Exploratorium - This well-designed site explains four different kinds of space telescopes, including the Hubble, then outlines hands-on activities to reinforce key concepts. Photos of the activities help explain what to do. This site is a set of lessons in itself.

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Graphing Stratospheric Ozone - The Exploratorium

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Neil Fetter, The Exploratorium - This site, one of several at the Exploratorium which use NASA resources, gives detailed lesson plans to teach traditional and web-based lessons about...more
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Neil Fetter, The Exploratorium - This site, one of several at the Exploratorium which use NASA resources, gives detailed lesson plans to teach traditional and web-based lessons about ozone. Students use data collected from the NASA sites to graph atmospheric ozone levels in another set of activities explained in the site. The graphing section assumes knowledge of graphing on two axes.

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Astrophysics Lesson Plans - NASA

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Created by the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center which is located within the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics (LHEA) at NASA/GSFC. This is an incredible...more
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Created by the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center which is located within the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics (LHEA) at NASA/GSFC. This is an incredible site. It gives easy to read tables of previously taught background necessary for the students to successfully complete the experiments, necessary materials (for both teacher and students), copy ready data tables, and lesson plans. There is also a list of featured programs (with and without curriculum).

tag(s): gravity (49), space (227), stars (67)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans for any unit on astrophysics. Search the site to find the appropriate lesson tools, and bring them up on an interactive whiteboard or projector. A lot of the activities can be used for a class activity, or you could also break students up into cooperative learning groups and have them complete them separately. Make sure to post this site on your teacher web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom for review. Challenge small groups of students to create and interactive infographic using a too such as Visme, reviewed here, about what they are learning and what they are still questioning. Challenge cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a tool such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here.

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Astronomy & Space Lessons - Univ. California Berkeley

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This collection from the Science Education Gateway at U.C. Berkeley includes lessons for elementary and middle school students that use the web to introduce concepts such as measuring...more
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This collection from the Science Education Gateway at U.C. Berkeley includes lessons for elementary and middle school students that use the web to introduce concepts such as measuring the temperature of the sun and tracking the orbits of satellites. As a group, they introduce serious science in an approachable manner. Students will need Internet access to use most of the lessons.

tag(s): space (227)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans for any unit on astronomy. Search the site to find the appropriate lesson tools, and bring them up on an interactive whiteboard or projector. A lot of the activities can be used for a class activity, or you could also break students up into cooperative learning groups and have them complete them separately. Make sure to post this site on your teacher web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom for review. Challenge cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here.

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Third from the Sun: Geographical Features Seen From Space - The Exploratorium

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The Exploratorium - This site is a self-guided tour and history of using satellites to see the earth from above. There are a few mysterious pictures taken from space for ...more
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The Exploratorium - This site is a self-guided tour and history of using satellites to see the earth from above. There are a few mysterious pictures taken from space for students to identify as well as a section explaining how NASA's LandSat works. This would make good supplementary material for a unit of study on space or landforms.

tag(s): solar system (122), space (227)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on astronomy. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). This would be a great site in an Earth Science or Geography classroom.

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Star Child - A learning Center For Young Astronomers - NASA

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This site from NASA offers an unusually well-thought-out introduction to the stars and solar system. The information is available in both primary and upper elementary versions, and...more
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This site from NASA offers an unusually well-thought-out introduction to the stars and solar system. The information is available in both primary and upper elementary versions, and the presentation is keyed to applicable national and state standards (primarily Virginia and Maryland). The presentations include elements of astronomy and mathematics. This one is well worth a visit.

tag(s): solar system (122)

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Introduce this activity with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard to show students how to navigate the site. Then, at a computer center, have students explore on their own. Have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using EasyBlog, reviewed here.

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The Satellite Site - The Tech Museum

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Here's a chance for your space students to build their own satellite, learn about different types of satellites, their orbits, and how they operate. Developed by M.I.T. with help from...more
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Here's a chance for your space students to build their own satellite, learn about different types of satellites, their orbits, and how they operate. Developed by M.I.T. with help from Lockheed Martin, the site includes a number of interactive Java applets that kids can use to test out their own skills. A Java-capable browser is a must.

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Have small groups compete to see who can design and make the most interesting satellite!

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National Air and Space Museum - Smithsonian Institution

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This site allows students to visit current exhibits and perform research via the Internet. Scroll down the page to find "Explore More Topics" with categories like Aviation, Exploration,...more
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This site allows students to visit current exhibits and perform research via the Internet. Scroll down the page to find "Explore More Topics" with categories like Aviation, Exploration, Space, and more.

tag(s): air (148), space (227)

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Benefit from the many features shared on this site. Allow students to choose a topic of interest to further explore. Ask students to share what they learned through a podcast. Anchor, reviewed here, is a podcast creation tool that offers the ability to record or upload audio from your computer and add songs from Apple Music and Spotify. Have students share concepts learned through animated videos. My Simpleshow, reviewed here, includes free tools for making simple explainer videos.

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NASA's SpaceLink - NASA

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This is NASA's "home page" for school-related information. There's almost too much here, and figuring out where to go next can be a problem. It's a good starting point, though, ...more
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This is NASA's "home page" for school-related information. There's almost too much here, and figuring out where to go next can be a problem. It's a good starting point, though, especially when used in conjunction with the other NASA resources on this page.

tag(s): space (227)

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Open this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector and access the "e-clips." The clips are short video segments that would be an excellent supplement for any lesson on NASA related materials. After completing a lecture, show students a clip to re-enforce the message, and they will be sure to be more interested and see the theories in practical application!

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