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In this activity, students identify spirals and other shapes present in nature and discuss at what sizes or scales these shapes exist. Examples include a hurricane, foraminifera, nautilus, and a galaxy. They will discuss the differences and similarities of each of these spirals and investigate the powers of ten that identify the scales at which these different examples exist. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mathematics
 
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Most orbiting bodies follow a path that is an ellipse. In this activity, students construct 2 ellipses, and examine and measure them to determine some of their fundamental properties. The exercise helps learners make comparisons to planetary orbit eccentricities, and includes guidelines for constructing a scale model of Haley's comet. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mathematics, Space science
 
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