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Students will collect samples of particles in the air on simple slides they make themselves. They will classify, count and chart their findings, draw conclusions, make predictions, and compare their findings to other available data. Supplies needed... (View More)

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 constellations. Learners will first draw familiar pictures and shapes within circles to introduce the concept of pattern recognition, then create their own unique constellation patterns from an arrangement of dots similar... (View More)

This activity uses the height of the North Star, Polaris, in the northern horizon as a means of determining the observer's latitude. This link between the height of the star and the latitude was critical for navigation by peoples in the Northern... (View More)

This is an activity about Moon phases. Learners will use a Styrofoam ball to simulate the Moon, which will be lit by a single light source in the classroom. Then, they will observe how different portions of the Moon ball are illuminated as they hold... (View More)

This is a lesson plan for several related activities about the Sun. Learners will observe how a candle flame is like the Sun, brainstorm why the Sun is needed and how energy from the Sun is used, construct a Sun-Earth scale model illustrating both... (View More)

This is an activity about telescopes. Learners will first measure several circles to determine their diameters and calculate their areas. Afterwards, they will cover each circle entirely with pennies and record how many pennies are needed for each... (View More)

This is an activity about observation. Learners will make a 3-dimensional model of a mock planetary surface inside a box, and then place a lid on top. They will then introduce a simple probe, such as a pencil or stick, at various points through... (View More)

This is an activity about craters. Learners will toss rocks of varying sizes into a bin of flour and cocoa. By varying the size and speed of the rocks, learners will determine how the impactors affect the shape and depth of the resulting crater.... (View More)

This is an activity about classifying planetary characteristics. Learners will analyze the provided information about each planet in order to make graphs and Venn diagrams. Then, using both, learners will identify similarities and differences of the... (View More)