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This is an activity about cratering. Learners will observe and identify distinctive features of craters. This exercise will help students grasp how craters provide information about the history of the solar system. This activity is part of "Ways of... (View More)

This is an activity about energy. Learners will will use black and white construction paper and either a lamp or direct sunlight to learn that dark planetary surfaces absorb more light than bright planetary surfaces, making the darker surfaces... (View More)

This is a lesson about the relationship between a planet and it's moon(s). Learners will use the data provided on a set of Saturn Moon Cards to compare Saturn's moons with Earth's Moon, and to explore moon properties and physical relationships... (View More)

This is an activity about the rate of rotation. Learners will study the rotation of Jupiter and learn hw scientists determine the length of a day on a gas giant planet This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an interactive, educational CD-ROM... (View More)

This is an activity about energy. Learners will investigate the effect of distance from the Sun on planetary temperatures using energy from a lightbulb to simulate solar energy. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an interactive, educational... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is an activity about orbital speed. Learners will create an analogy to planetary orbits using weights on a string that demonstrates the farther a moon is from a planet (or a planet from the Sun), the slower its orbital speed. This activity is... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is a book about the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. Learners may read about what is involved in sending a large spacecraft to the outer solar system. One chapter explains the mission, another the spacecraft. Other chapters tell about Saturn,... (View More)

Audience: High school

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 involving science and creative writing. In groups, learners will develop their own list of the 12 most important tourist attractions the Solar System offers and make a travel brochure to explain their reasoning. This activity is... (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)