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In this lesson, students learn about the Moon's changing appearance and its pattern of movement. Through class discussion, activities, and multimedia resources, students will learn to identify the phases of the Moon, understand that it completes one revolution around Earth per month, and recognize that the Moon is visible sometimes at night, sometimes during the day, and sometimes not at all. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Space science
 
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This guide introduces teachers to the use of Mars Orbital Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data in the classroom. MOLA data is used to create global topographic maps of Mars and to provide information about properties such as surface roughness, elevation, cloud coverage, brightness, and water flow. This dataset consists of two years of altimetry data on Martian surface features; it can be used to teach Martian ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Physical geography, Space science
 
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This exercise has students use a simple physical model of the Earth, sun, and moon to understand why the moon changes phases from the perspective of Earthly observers. Students hold up balls representing the moon in a room with a single light source (representing the sun). As they turn relative to the sun, holding the "moon" out in front of them, they will see changes in how much of the side that ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor, Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Space science
 
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This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) site provides classroom resources about the Moon. A teacher's guide contains basic detailed information about the Moon, such as the lunar landscape, craters, and Moon rocks. The lesson plan and activities sections cover phases of the Moon, lunar landforms, a Lunar Prospector model, and orbits. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity, Guide for instructor, Lesson plan, Photograph
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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This lesson demonstrates the link between the tilt of the Earth's axis to the plane of the ecliptic and seasons of the year, length of day, effectiveness of sunlight, and polar day and night. It discusses how the inclination of the Earth's rotation axis causes seasons of the year, by varying the length of the local day and the angle at which the Sun's rays arrive on the surface of the Earth, and to ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Climatology, Space science
 
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This site contains an activity in which students work in small research groups to describe and explain seasonal phenomena. They begin by documenting and describing seasonal fluctuations in the maximum angular height of the Sun, average daily temperature, maximum shadow length, and amount of daylight in a 24 hour period. After examining local seasonal trends, students analyze data from a variety of ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Climatology, Space science
 
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In this activity, students will use Moon and tide data from the internet to construct charts and answer questions about the patterns they see. They will be reminded that the Moon has something to do with ocean tides and will discover what the connections are. They will also discover when tides, moonrise and moonset, and phases of the Moon occur. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Physical oceanography, Space science
 
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The Moon Phases java applet provides an animated view of the moon, either from Earth, or from above the ecliptic. The animation changes phases and can be seen from a top view, earth view or both. The page also provides vocabulary terms for each of the phases and other interesting information. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Space science
 
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This resource provides dates of primary phases of the Moon, the fraction of the Moon's visible disk illuminated by the Sun, its apparent disk (current apprearance), and complete Sun and Moon data for one day. The latter includes times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, transits of the Sun and Moon, and the beginning and end of civil twilight, along with information on the Moon's phase. There is ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Photograph, Video, Ref. material
Subject: Space science
 
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