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NASA Express Lesson - NASA

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This page is the "front door" to a collection of NASA lesson units dealing with assorted topics in astronomy, aeronautics, and science. Each unit contains a collection of on-line and...more
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This page is the "front door" to a collection of NASA lesson units dealing with assorted topics in astronomy, aeronautics, and science. Each unit contains a collection of on-line and classroom materials. You'll find the typical NASA depth of content; the challenge is fitting it into available time and resources. Still, these lessons can be a great resource.

tag(s): aeronautics (12), space (217)

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Project Starshine - NASA

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NASA's student-participation satellite project has enlisted students to help polish mirrors for a series of satellites students can actually spot from space. The site includes information...more
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NASA's student-participation satellite project has enlisted students to help polish mirrors for a series of satellites students can actually spot from space. The site includes information on how to spot a satellite, how to participate in a mirror polishing assignment, and the objectives of the starshine spacecraft. Try it for a hands-on space study.

tag(s): nasa (39), stars (65)

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NSF Classroom Resources - National Science Foundation

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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry....more
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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry. The content is predictably detailed, "real science" based on topics and phenomena that will interest students. These are the best of the best lessons and resources with applicability to lots of settings.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (45), biomes (110), chemicals (41), computers (92), cultures (107), earth (231), engineering (127), environment (318), fractions (235), geometric shapes (165), numbers (199), origami (17), planets (127), robotics (24), space (217), symmetry (54)

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Bookmark this site as a reference site for finding further material. Under each subject find a varity of formats from forums and articles, to videos, interactives, podcasts, experiments and more. Some of the resources on this site may lead to a starting point for individual or group projects. Use parts of this site at a center. Share this site with staff (especially new teachers) and parents looking to extend science and math activities at home.

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Antimatter Mysteries

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Here's an introduction to the concept of antimatter for younger students. Nicely written text and charming illustrations step users through a concept that's tough for many adults. Try...more
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Here's an introduction to the concept of antimatter for younger students. Nicely written text and charming illustrations step users through a concept that's tough for many adults. Try this one if you have a few students who need a little "something extra" to think about!

tag(s): matter (60)

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NASA Lunar Prospector - NASA

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This is the home site for the NASA lunar prospector spacecraft, launched in early 1998. It provides pictures and resources on both the current project and the history of lunar ...more
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This is the home site for the NASA lunar prospector spacecraft, launched in early 1998. It provides pictures and resources on both the current project and the history of lunar exploration.

tag(s): moon (73)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans hosted on this site! This would be a great resource for science class during a unit astronomy or space exploration.

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The Mir Spacecraft - Terror in Space - PBS

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The Russian Mir space station is how history, but this site from the PBS NOVA series provides a nice overview of the first permanent space station and how it fell ...more
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The Russian Mir space station is how history, but this site from the PBS NOVA series provides a nice overview of the first permanent space station and how it fell victim to the changes in Russia's economy and politics. Great images and interviews, too.

tag(s): space (217)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on space exploration. The activity can be very time consuming if inclusive of everything on the site - to be more efficient pre-select which sections you want students to explore. To guide students along the site we recommend using a graphic organizer. For help finding easy to make or pre-prepared organizers, we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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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.

tag(s): space (217)

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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.

tag(s): space (217)

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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.

tag(s): stars (65)

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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 (160), images (275), space (217)

In the Classroom

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 (8)

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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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Expanding Universe Search Tool

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This Canadian site offers a searchable "library" of information related to Astronomy. Several sub-indices are included. Useful site if searching for specific information on an event,...more
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This Canadian site offers a searchable "library" of information related to Astronomy. Several sub-indices are included. Useful site if searching for specific information on an event, technique, or definition of a term.

tag(s): space (217)

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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.

tag(s): space (217)

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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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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.

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The Space Day Page

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This site, created for the celebration of Space Day in May, 1999 contains a wealth of information on space and the history of space exploration. Use a Java-capable browser if ...more
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This site, created for the celebration of Space Day in May, 1999 contains a wealth of information on space and the history of space exploration. Use a Java-capable browser if you can! Your "space kids" will love this one.

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There are pictures, time-lines, and links to lesson plans and other teacher resources.

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The Satellite Site

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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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