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This is a lesson about generating hypotheses and testable questions. Learners will use critical thinking and a collaborative approach to pose questions related to the study of Mars and evaluate the quality of their questions. They will explore... (View More)

Keywords: NSTA2013
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
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This is a lesson about using evidence to construct sequences of geologic events. Learners will interpret real NASA science data to identify features on the surface of Mars, determine the surface history of the area, calculate the size of features,... (View More)

This is a lesson about remote sensing. Learners will investigate how much you can learn about something just by looking at it. In Activity 1, students study aerial photographs to identify geologic features, determine how they differ from one... (View More)

This is an activity about sampling specifically in astronomy. Learners will make a sampling window in order to estimate the number of stars in the sky visible to the unaided eye. After, they will discuss how to estimate the effect of different... (View More)

This is a lesson about observation. Learners will look at nine nights of observations of the positions of Jupiter's four largest moons in relation to Jupiter and construct a data graph that allows them to calculate the orbital period of each moon.... (View More)

This is a lesson about using craters to indicate the age of a planetary surface. Learners will simulate the process of cratering by using falling water drops to make craters in fine silica sand. Then, they will compare the cratered surfaces they... (View More)

This is an activity about change. Learners will use images of planetary bodies taken over tens of years to look for stable features and changed features on Saturn, Mars, and the Moon. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an interactive,... (View More)

This is a lithograph about Mars. It contains an image of mars on the front and informational text about the way the Hubble telescope is being used to study the weather on Marson the back.

This is an activity about investigating students' preconceptions of the Moon's appearance and its phases. Learners will first draw an image of how they think the Moon looks and then discuss as a group why the drawn pictures may vary. Then, learners... (View More)

This is an activity about comet motion. Learners will cut out images of Halley's Comet, putting the images in sequential order to create a flip book demonstrating the comet's orbit around the Sun and the formation of the comet's tail near the Sun.... (View More)

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