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This resource, produced by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Astrogeology Research Program, provides instructional guides, activities, and information about the planets, moons, and other objects in the solar system. Materials include a virtual trip to the Moon, coloring and activity pages, fact sheets on the planets and their moons, and an activity in which younger students make a globe of ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Space science
 
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This interactive chart of the solar system allows users to click on an image of one the planets or moons and see a full-size image of the object plus some data on physical constants (radius, mass, orbit period, etc.) and links to other resources such as nomenclature, additional imagery, and information on obtaining maps of the object. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Space science
 
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This portal provides access to an extensive selection of maps, imagery, and geospatial data for the Moon, Earth, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and other planetary bodies and moons. Some materials are available for online viewing and downloading; others must be purchased. A link to map prices and purchasing information is provided. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Space science
 
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This module consists of five lessons designed to educate students on lunar exploration, rocketry, impact craters, and other aspects of the Earth-Moon system. The lessons include hands-on activities, overheads, and links to additional resources. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Module / Unit
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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This module consists of seven lessons designed to educate students on the exploration of Mars, including topographic and geologic mapping, Martian volcanoes and geology, and image interpretation. The lessons include hands-on activities, maps and overheads, and links to additional resources. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Module / Unit
Subject: Geology, Space science
 
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This report provides an overview of the Chesapeake Bay bolide and how it influenced the formation of the modern bay. Introductory material discusses what a bolide is, types of impact craters, and recent impacts that have generated public interest. The discussion continues with evidence of the late Eocene Chesapeake Bay impact, including seismic data, characteristic minerals, and the discovery of a ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Space science
 
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This teacher packet uses Landsat satellite imagery to teach about changes over time. Materials include a lesson plan in which students examine four sets of images from different locations and times to see how the landscapes have changed. Links are provided to Multispec software, which is used to process the imagery, to the image sets, to national standards applied to the activity, and to background ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Environmental science, Human geography, Space science, Technology
 
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This module consists of five lessons that introduce students to the morphology of impact craters, their uses in planetary investigations, identification of ancient craters, evidence of the role of a meteorite impact in the extinction of the dinosaurs, and information on the Chicxulub impact event. The lessons include hands-on activities, maps and overheads, and links to additional resources. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Module / Unit
Subject: Geology, Paleontology, Space science
 
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This portal provides links to a set of online map indexes of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and other organizations which can be used to locate, view, or create maps. For teachers, there is the Education Map Catalog, which provides access to several hundred of the most useful USGS maps for teaching and learning, organized by 12 themes. The maps are available in a wide variety of scales ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Government portal
Subject: Environmental science, Physical geography, Geology, Hydrology, Natural hazards, Space science
 
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