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In this activity, students critically analyze prior conceptions and textbook visuals of the relative sizes and orbiting distance of the Earth-moon system (and other bodies in our solar system), search out sources for this data, and construct scale models by using balls of various sizes. There are tips for helping learners understand the large scales (i.e., millions rather than thousands) that characterize ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Space science
 
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In this activity, students examine a photograph of the night sky and answer questions about their observations. The picture, taken by a high school student in upstate New York, offers insight into the Earth's rotation, apparent star motion, the location of Polaris (the North Star), circumpolar constellations, and pointer stars. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Space science
 
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In this activity, students examine a photo and map of Manhattan, New York, to determine the date the photo was taken. The activity provides opportunities for discussing seasons, equinoxes, and the apparent position of the Sun throughout the year. Links to additional information are embedded in the text. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Space science
 
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This exercise was designed to address student misconceptions about why the Moon exhibits phases. Using a sketchbook, digital camera, or flex cam, a student sits at the center of a darkened room illuminated by a single light source in a stationary position. Stools are set up surrounding the student in the center and other students take those positions, always keeping their faces toward the center. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Space science
 
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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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This reference contains formulas, physical constants, maps, diagrams, and other information related to Earth science, space science, physics, and chemistry which are used for the New York State Regents exams. The tables are in a downloadable, printable format, with file size limited to no more than 10 megabytes. The Earth science tables are available in several languages. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Chemistry, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology, Physics, Space science
 
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