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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 6-8. It focuses on major events in the history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Students research the U.S. space program and then make a timeline of the goals, heros, and outcomes of selected missions. It includes objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions, evaluation ideas, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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This site allows students to examine images of galaxies and learn to recognize the various shapes used in the Hubble classification system. The Hubble Tuning Fork Diagram is presented as a way to classify the various types of galaxies observed in space. Students will examine pictures of galaxies and discover that these pictures have been arranged according to a scheme or plan laid out by Edwin Hubble, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Space science
 
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This computer activity provides information that will allow students to extend their understanding of basic physical concepts that apply to the study of black holes. They will see how physics and mathematics are used to predict the existence and properties of invisible objects. The assessment component is designed to provide students with an opportunity to practice communicating results of their Internet ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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This section of the Windows to the Universe web site provides information and images about scientists including detailed information about the history of the scientists, mathematicians, astronauts, and inventors that discovered phenomena about the Earth and the universe from ancient times to the present. Windows to the Universe is a user-friendly learning system pertaining to the Earth and Space sciences. ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Informal, General public
Resource type: Illustration - artistic, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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Plate tectonics is a relatively new scientific concept that has revolutionized our understanding of the dynamic planet upon which we live. This site explains that the theory has unified the study of the Earth by drawing together many branches of the earth sciences, from paleontology (the study of fossils) to seismology (the study of earthquakes). It has provided explanations to questions that scientists ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Geology, History and philosophy of science
 
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These teacher tools from the National Science Center (NSC) are categorized by chemistry, air pressure and fluids, electricity, energy, light, magnetism, mathematics, motion, sound, wave phenomena, and science soup (miscellaneous topics). The resources are lesson plans, activities, videos, and opportunities to register for distance learning. There is also a teacher forum to share lessons and activities. ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan, Video, Discussion / Forum
Subject: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Technology
 
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This site describes what early civilizations knew about our solar system and how astronomy developed over the centuries. The early theories describing the movements of the planets, development of the first telescopes, and discoveries of the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are some of the topics addressed in Discovery. Here you will find the Pluto discovery plate, the photographic plate taken the ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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At this site, students will learn about the tools used for past, present and future exploration and about the Surveyor spacecraft, five of which landed on the Moon between 1966 and 1968. The Surveyor 3 television camera is on display at the National Air and Space Museum and can be seen in this virtual tour. Also on display are an Apollo 13 rock box used to carry samples back from the moon. This exhibit ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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This site describes an exhibit that traces the study of comets from the earliest historical observation to the massive international Halley's Comet Watch. The impact of Comet Shoemaker-levy with the planet Jupiter became the first collision between two objects ever observed. Find out what comets are made of and where they come from. Topics included in this site are Historical Records, Origin and Orbits ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Space science
 
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In this activity, students use an interactive timeline to learn about the history of the exploration and study of the ocean. The timeline includes persons and events in both surface and deep sea exploration, which ranges from the invention of the diving bell through the exploration of William Beebe to Conshelf One. Surface exploration information includes the ancient Phoenicians, Ben Franklin and ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Biological oceanography, Chemical oceanography, Physical oceanography
 
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