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The PlanetQuest Observing Cards are designed to give telescope operators and other interpreters a new way of explaining the night sky. Relating common observing objects to our search for exoplanets makes these spectacular sights more understandable.... (View More) These cards are a great resource for use at observing night events, providing new stories to tell about commonly viewed celestial objects. (View Less)
This is a lesson about NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). Learners will sing about the LRO mission to the Moon, learn that craters on the Moon may harbor water ice, and they discover how LRO is searching for this and other resources needed... (View More) to build future lunar outposts. This is a good introductory activity. This activity is part of Explore! To the Moon and Beyond! - a resource developed specifically for use in libraries. (View Less)
This is an educators guide to accompany the Journey to the Stars planetarium show. The materials include a section, titled Teaching With the Show, containing guiding questions to encourage class discussions about the life cycle of stars.
This activity is about symbiotic relationships. After reading deep-sea diving log entries, learners will discuss the observations of the relationship between two kinds of organisms, hermit crabs and sea anemones. Learners will perform research to... (View More) answer a set of questions related to this relationship and consider the benefits derived to each organism. Learners will be able to define and describe symbiotic, mutualistic, commensal, and parasitic relationships between organisms. Links to log entries and background material are available. This is the second of three activities in the "Impact of Climate Change on Hawaiian Monk Seals" section of the Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. (View Less)
This activity is about how climate change may impact organisms and ecosystems. Learners will answer questions and discuss a number of resources provided, including a video clip, on the impacts of climate change on bark beetle populations and... (View More) forests. Working in small groups, they will then make a short presentation with a poster that explains the bark beetle epidemic and possible management solutions. They will understand that changing the balance of an ecosystem produces changes in the availability of food and shelter, can increase uncertainty for communities of living things and can impact the occurrence of fires and other natural hazards. Student worksheets, suggested extensions/adaptations, and additional resources are included. This activity is part of Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. (View Less)
This activity is about the decline in water level of the Great Lakes. After using different maps to compare the size of different lakes in the world, learners will discuss the positive and negative effects of changing water levels. They will also... (View More) consider the seemingly contradictory events of decreasing fresh water levels and rising sea levels. Working in groups, learners will construct and explain theories for the decline in water level of the Great Lakes. An extension activity is available. This activity is part of the "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators." (View Less)
This is an educators guide to accompany the Journey to the Stars planetarium show. The materials for grades 3-5 include suggestions for activities to do before and after viewing the planetarium show, including class discussions about the Sun's... (View More) energy and food chains and online activities about food chains and decomposition. (View Less)
This is an educators guide to accompany the Journey to the Stars planetarium show. The materials for grades 6-8 include suggestions for activities to do before and after viewing the planetarium show, including class discussions about our Solar... (View More) System, online activities to calculate planetary distances and explore magnetism, and a demonstration to show a scale model of the Earth-Sun distance. (View Less)
This manual provides simple demonstrations to show how lenses and mirrors are used to create telescopes. It was created for use by the Night Sky Network of astronomy clubs.
This activity is about the management issues posed by an endangered species whose habitat has commercial value and is being considered for exploitation. Learners will prepare and present a report on Hawaiian monk seals and deep-water precious corals... (View More) from one of the resources provided and will participate in a class discussion on the ecological relationships between them. They will describe why Hawaiian monk seals are endangered. They will also propose a management strategy for monk seals and precious coral resources and explain their rationale for selecting this strategy. Links to all materials and additional resources, as well as extensions to this activity, are available.This is the third of three activities in the "Impact of Climate Change on Hawaiian Monk Seals" section of the "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators." (View Less)