# Lesson Ideas

Uitc93. Bill Gates’ Great-Great-Granddaughter’s Honeymoon: An Astronomy Activity for Several Different Age Groups. When students finish a unit or course on the planets these days, they are often overwhelmed with facts, comparisons, and images.

A good culminating activity, to help them organize their thinking (and review), is to have them divide into small groups (travel agencies) and come up with their top ten solar system “tourist sights” for future space vacationers, complete with images. The history of the activity and its variants, and resources to help instructors and students, are reviewed. KeywordsKeywords astronomy, educational courses Keywords 7-9 (or middle school), 10-12 (or high school), College non-majors, Solar system, K-12 curriculum development, Hands-on activities, Teaching approaches, Cooperative group activities, Laboratory exercises Keywords In a recent paper ( Fraknoi 2008 ), we offered an annotated listing of the best image repositories available for astronomy education these days. 2.1. This is an open-book, open-computer activity. Galaxy_sorting_activity. Light Pollution. Light Pollution Objective.

How Much Would You Weigh On Distant Planets? Students in the middle level solar system activity will study the effects of gravity on the planets of the Solar System.

They will view movies from the lunar Apollo missions, calculate their own weight on other planets, and propose what they might weigh on newly discovered planets around other stars. By completing this activity, the learner will: view on-line movies from the Apollo Moon landings determine their own weight on other planets investigate the variables that influence weight predict their own weight on newly discovered planets evaluate gravity hypotheses of other studentsNational Science Education Standards National Mathematics Education Standards Materials and Technology Science Background Information.

Science Snacks: Reflections of a Star. Reflections of a Star How to Find the Angular Diameter of the Sun A reflected image of the sun can be used to observe the earth's rotation and to measure the angular diameter of the sun.

Space Weather Center. Solarscapes presents middle school students with a short, focused study of the physical nature of the Sun.

This standards-based curriculum, which was designed to enhance the Institute’s traveling exhibition, Electric Space, is available to download. The principal developers were Ramon Lopez (presently at the University of Texas at El Paso) and Beverly Meier (a middle school educator in Boulder). Students learn that the Sun has many observable features, including Sunspots, that can be plotted and analyzed. When they plot the average number of Sunspots per year, a distinct pattern emerges—the Sunspot cycle. Oct10-moon phases.

Earth, Earth's Moon, and Mars Balloons. Microsoft Word - Marsbound_Lesson_3rd - 5th_4_17_14.docx - Marsbound_Lesson_3rd - 5th_4_14.pdf. Microsoft Word - Rover Races Middle School Alignment Document_8_2013.docx - Rover Races Middle School Alignment Document_8_2013.pdf. AV-DesignaPlanet.pdf. Scale_solar_system_geology. GravityAndOrbitsLabActivity. Oct10-moon phases. Unknown - 145916main_Astrobiology.Guide.pdf. Mars Education. Marsbound!

NEW - NGSS and CCSS Designed and Aligned! Students learn systems engineering by engaging in a mission planning simulation that mirrors a Mission to Mars. Students create a mission that has to balance the return of science data with mission limitations such as power, mass and budget. In this advanced and exciting activity, students in grades 3-12 will become NASA project managers and have the opportunity to plan their own NASA mission.

Risk factors play a role and will add to the excitement in this interactive mission planning activity. Last updated: April 2014. Mars Education. Mystery Planet. Mars_Mystery_Rocks_Activity.pdf. Curiosity_Landing_Site_2012.pdf. Microsoft Word - scale_solar_system_geology - scale_solar_system_geology.pdf. A Grapefruit Saturn. Classroom Activity: A Grapefruit Saturn Lynda Filip John Percy University of Toronto Objectives To construct a scale model of Saturn and its rings To explain how shadows on Saturn are formed To discover how light travels To calculate sizes for the scale model from real data (optional) Preconceptions It is crucial that students first understand that light is an entity that travels through space outward from its source.

To determine what your students think about the behavior of light, ask these questions before the activity: 1. 2. 3. It also helps for students to draw a picture of how light from a lamp causes a shadow. Materials Grade Level This activity is designed for students in grades 7 to 9, but can be simplified for grades 5 or 6. Summary Students will construct a scale model of Saturn; use it to explain a Voyager image of Saturn's shadow on its rings; and, by trial and error, discover that light moves through space in straight lines.

Instructions Part 1: Pre-Activity Announcement 1. 2. 3. Sun%20Tracks%20II-AIMS.pdf. Sun%20Tracks%201-AIMS.pdf. Sharing the Adventure with the Student: Exploring the Intersections of NASA Space Science and Education: A Workshop Summary. Scale of the Universe – Putting the universe into perspective. Teacher guide. Understanding the Cosmos: Changing Models of the Solar System and the Universe - Primary Source Set. The orbital distance of the Earth and moon overlaid onto the sun, all to scale. Space Exploration Lesson Plans. In this module, students simulate a launch sequence for a manned mission to Mars.

In preparation for the mission, students engage with several small missions (design problems) related to Earth and the solar system, interdependent relationships in ecosystems, energy transfer, and forces. Mission to Mars features a final mission to simulate a rocket launch from Earth and a landing on Mars. Students design, build, and launch a bottle rocket, testing and documenting variables in its flight. Educational Resources « Astronomical Society. A Sampling of Hands-On Astronomy Activities from the ASP Jump into hands-on astronomy with these classroom tested activities from a variety of ASP programs Surfing the Solar System Surf the web to find the answers to a fun solar system puzzle for the whole family K-12 Online Astronomy Activities Navigate the tangled web of activities on the internet with this annotated list, organized by subject Night Sky Network Astronomy Activities & Resources The Universe in the Classroom, a newsletter for teachers.

Articles on Education from Mercury Magazine Hunt down some good ideas and resources in these archived articles from the “Education Newswire” and “Black Holes to Blackboards” departments of our membership magazine, Mercury. Exploriments: Weight, Mass and Force of Gravity - Effect of Altitude and Comparison across Multiple Planets. Phases of the moon. Dec06 the real shape of the moons orbit. Oct10 moon phases. The Nine Planets Solar System Tour. Students investigating shadows to progress towards explaining moon phases and eclipses. #NGSSchat.