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This is an activity about the Sun, Earth and Moon and their movements during solar and lunar eclipses. Students observe and manipulate a styrofoam ball model and simulate the movement of these bodies during the different kinds of eclipses. Learners... (View More)

Keywords: NSTA2013
Audience: Elementary school

In this activity, students compare two images of the Crab Nebula taken more than 40 years apart. By measuring the motion of some of the knots of glowing gas in the neubla, students will be able to determine the date of the supernova explosion that... (View More)

In this activity students are challenged to create a model of the universe in a single class period. This activity is designed to elicit student ideas and preconceptions about the contents and organization of the cosmos. Most students will be... (View More)

In this activity, learners explore the size and scale of the universe by shrinking cosmic scale in 4 steps, zooming out from the realm of the Earth and Moon to the realm of the galaxies. This informational brochure was designed as a follow-up... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: 1 cent - $1 per student

This is a lesson about size and scale, also called the Solar Pizza. Learners, or the facilitator, will cut out scaled images of the Sun and Earth and walk them approximately sixty-five feet apart to simultaneously show the size scale and distance... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This image sorting assessment activity stimulates a discussion about what students know and don't know about the relative ages of objects in the universe, and about how those ages can be determined. By physically manipulating objects and images of... (View More)

This is an activity about the relative sizes of the Earth and the Moon and the distance between them. Learners will inflate a balloon to the approximate size of the moon in relation to a standard globe. They will then hypothesize as to the correct... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, a three-part questionnaire launches students on discussions about where objects in space are located, and when they formed. By physically manipulating images of objects in space, students represent their own mental models of space... (View More)

This is an activity about the Venus Transit and how it helped astronomers determine the scale of the solar system. Learners will use measurement, ratios, and graphing to construct a model of the solar system and determine the relationship of each... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, students estimate the size of the visible universe in relation to the size of the Milky Way Galaxy. To do so, students will get a sense of scale and will convert from centimeters to kilometers. This is activity one in the "Hidden... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free