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This classroom activity offers students an opportunity to research and chart the shortest course to circumnavigate the globe. Students choose their course on a map or globe but they must go through given check points and measure their route. When teams have completed their routes, they exchange maps and recording charts to compare checkpoint locations and estimated distances. Then, as a class, they ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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In this lesson, students will learn about sampling through an investigation of rocks found in the schoolyard. This will provide a start to understanding everyday statistics. They will first collect and analyze a sample of rocks from the schoolyard and array the collected rocks by characteristics such as size, weight, and color, to see if any generalizations can be made about the types of rocks that ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Geology, Mathematics
 
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This lesson reviews clouds and uses fractions to describe cloud coverage, demonstrating how math and science work together. By using math and science to describe clouds, the lesson provides students with several means of communication (fractions and meteorological terms) to describe a meteorological situation. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Mathematics
 
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In this activity students gather and interpret their own data about the Sun's apparent path across the sky. Since variations in this path can be observed over a 6-9 week time frame, this material is revisited throughout the Earth-Moon-Sun (EMS) unit for a total of approximately five twenty minute time periods. Students use a 3-dimensional cardboard-backed dome to record the Sun's path on multiple ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Mathematics, Space science
 
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This feature introduces younger students to our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Topics include its size and shape, where our solar system is located in it, the origin the name, and how many of its stars we can see from our vantage point on Earth. There are additional features that emphasize the vast size of the galaxy and the large numbers (billions) used to describe it, and a question-and-answer feature ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Mathematics, Space science
 
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This activity teaches students how to determine the sizes of stars by using simple representations and manipulating the mathematical equations which are illustrated and demonstrated within this lesson. It is important for students to generally comprehend the size, mass, and density of stars. As they complete this lesson, students will be able to explain the relationship between radius and mass among ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mathematics, Space science
 
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In this activity students will work with ice to learn math concepts: perimeter, diameter, circumference, adding decimals, and linear measurement. This math lesson will evolve into an inquiry-based study to determine if the dimensions of the ice will make a difference in the way the ice floats in the water. The inquiry lesson may lead to further inquiry-based investigations for extended learning in ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Cryology, Mathematics
 
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In this activity students will work with ice in order to gain a practical application of math concepts. It will evolve into an inquiry-based study to determine if the dimensions of the ice will make a difference in the way the ice floats in the water. The inquiry lesson may lead to further inquiry-based investigations for extended learning in the classroom or home. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Cryology, Mathematics
 
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In this activity students apply direct measurement of angles and length to determine height. They will use the tangent ratio and a clinometer, an easy-to-make instrument that allows one to estimate the height of an object such as a building, tree, or flag pole by using the properties of a right triangle. This is one of a series of activities that will help students understand how the Northern Lights ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Atmospheric science, Mathematics
 
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This activity will help students understand how the Northern Lights work, what causes them, and how to observe them. They will use charts and geometry to calculate geographic locations of aurora based on satellite data, how they appear at different latitudes, and their height above the ground. Instructions for the activity are provided, and an extensive list of links to additional materials is also ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mathematics, Space science
 
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