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# Exploring Planetary Moons

This is a collection of mathematics problems relating to the moons of the solar system. Learners will use simple proportional relationships and work with fractions to study the relative sizes of the larger moons in our solar system, and explore how... (View More)

# Oh, What a Pane!

Math skills are applied throughout this investigation of windows. Starting with basic window shapes, students determine area and complete a cost analysis, then do the same for windows of unconventional shapes. Students will examine photographs taken... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

# How Big is the Sun? Exploring the Size and Scale of the Sun, Earth and Moon

This is an activity about the size and scale of the Sun, Earth and Moon. Learners will collectively paint and label a model of the Sun and determine the comparative sizes of these three bodies. Learners can then complete a worksheet to further... (View More)

Keywords: NSTA2013
Audience: Elementary school

# Come and See an Aurora!

In this activity, students will create their own travel brochure or poster inviting people to visit a place where they could see an aurora. It is recommended that the class complete Lesson 1 in this series - What I know about the Aurora - prior to... (View More)

# Myth Versus Fact

This lesson introduces students to myths about the auroras in different cultures. The class will read a story relating to legends of the aurora and share their reactions to the story. The teacher must select and obtain one or more books from a list... (View More)

Keywords: Language arts
Audience: Elementary school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

# Marsby and the Martian Detectives, Scientific Inquiry

In this activity, students experiment to test the hypothesis that Mars was once hotter. The activity requires some advance preparation by the teacher: the day before the activity, need to place a plastic bottle filled with water in the freezer.... (View More)

# TIMED Spacecraft Mobile

This is a mobile for learners to assemble, aimed at enhancing their knowledge of NASA spacecraft and scientific facts. Each hanging element of the mobile contains an image and one fact or scientific concept related to the TIMED (Thermosphere,... (View More)

# Finding Your Way to Mars, Pennsylvania

This activity is about astronomical themes. Learners will use a U.S. Atlas or the internet to search for names of cities or natural features named after astronomical objects. Their lists may be used to stimulate discussion or to begin creative... (View More)

# Hypothermia in the Little House

Highlights of Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic children's novel, Little House on the Prairie, provides passages where hypothermia is evidenced. It is suggested that these passages can be used as examples within a general unit on health and the human... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Creando Constelaciones

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)

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