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This activity is designed to introduce students to planetary geologic features and processes. First, students will use NASA satellite images to identify geologic surface features on the "Blue Marble" (Earth), and will explore the connection between... (View More)

In this activity, students will research weather proverbs, analyze the scientific validity of three weather proverbs and present their reasoning in an essay. As an extension, students may survey 15 senior citizens to determine most frequently heard... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

In this lesson, students download cloud coverage and surface data from the NASA Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) Student’s Cloud Observations On-line (S’COOL) student observation database website, then use a spreadsheet program... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

Students will examine seasonal cloud coverage data in North Carolina (or their local area), and analyze data to determine whether there is a correlation between season, cloud cover and type of cloud most prevalent during each season. Step-by-step... (View More)

This is a lesson about how and why ice flows, especially in a large mass such as a glacier. Learners will experience the qualities of viscoelastic materials and view videos of glacial ice flows. They will observe ice flows and materials other than... (View More)

This is a lesson about the characteristics of ice as a mineral and how it compares to other minerals with respect to hardness. Learners will observe ice crystals, develop a hardness scale and position ice on it. Learners will also practice working... (View More)

In this activity, student teams learn about research design and design a controlled experiment exploring the relationship between a hypothetical planet, an energy source, and distance. They analyze the data and derive an equation to describe the... (View More)

This is a lesson about phase changes. Learners will observe ice melting and freezing under a variety of conditions and relate that to the Messenger mission. This is lesson 1 of 12 in Exploring Ice in the Solar System.

Audience: Pre-kindergarten, Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free

This is a lesson where learners explore the process of photosynthesis and draw conclusions about the important role producers play in the flow of energy. The lesson models scientific inquiry using the 5E instructional model and includes teacher... (View More)

This is a lesson where learners explore the process of decomposition and draw conclusions about the important role decomposers play in the flow of energy. The lesson models scientific inquiry using the 5E instructional model and includes teacher... (View More)

Keywords: Biology
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free
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