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In this lesson, students will learn Kepler's three laws of planetary motion and learn about the properties of ellipses. The lesson includes an activity in which they construct the orbit of a planet, and use Kepler's third law to calculate its period of revolution. Objectives, background information, a materials list, instructions, and a student worksheet are included. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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This chapter from an online astronomy course briefly describes the formation of the solar system from an accretionary disk. Links to additional resources, a homework assignment, and a quiz are included. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Space science
 
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Teachers may choose from a number of lesson plans for grades 6-12 that use mathematics in the study of various science topics. Most lesson plans include standards, introductory materials or activities, materials lists, instructions, and assessment criteria. Links to additional materials are provided. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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The materials presented here use space and spaceflight to introduce students to two areas of the core science curriculum: the motion of the Earth in space, and Newtonian mechanics. Teachers may use these lesson plans and problem sets as a guide to a sequential course, or as a source for student projects. Topics which are covered include astronomy, mechanics, solar physics, and spaceflight. A mathematics ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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As part of this lesson plan, students will learn about how energy is produced and dissipated by stars, including our own Sun. In addition, materials presented here explain the formation, evolution,and eventual "death" of stars in supernova explosions, and some fundamentals of nuclear physics. Definitions of terms and questions for the class are included. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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This set of links provides users with access to a variety of lesson plans and activities about volcanoes. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Geology, Geophysics, Structural geology
 
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Teachers can examine and choose from a large selection of lesson plans involving aeronautics and space flight. Topics include aerospace, aircraft models, aircraft design, planetary flight, the Wright brothers and their aircraft, and others. The lesson plans cover grade levels from K-12, but most are for grades 5-8. They are organized by title, subject, topic, and grade level. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Physics, Space science
 
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In this lab activity students will use cloud cover data from five cities (real data from NASA's TRMM instrument) to prepare a data table and graph using any available software. After downloading the data from the S'COOL homepage, they will prepare a spreadsheet and graph, and write sentences describing the dependent and independent variables and describing each cloud group. The site features text, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Environmental science
 
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In this activity students will grow "AstroPlants," a special fast-growing plant used in Space Shuttle microgravity experiments. They will become familiar with the growth process and life cycle of the plants and investigate the effects of gravity and light on plant orientation and guidance. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Biology, Space science
 
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Teachers can access a variety of lesson plans and activities on plants. The lessons in this program are interdisciplinary, and are designed to introduce students to plant science. Each lesson plan features introductory and background information, instructions, additional materials for deeper study, and resources lists. A glossary and links to other related sites are also included. A Spanish translation ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Agricultural science, Biology
 
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