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This activity introduces measurement and scale using hands-on activities. In this activity, students use the concept of similar triangles to determine the height of a tree. This activity is one of several available on an educational poster related to NASA's Space Interferometry Mission. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mathematics
 
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In this activity, students learn that probability is a way of measuring the chance of something happening. Students make predictions and match predictions with data, using a "probability tester" made from two golf tees. The activity includes a student data sheet. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA SCI Files: The Case of the Phenomenal Weather. Lesson objectives ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mathematics
 
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Using a metric ruler and protractor, students use triangulation to track a meteor?s path and to predict where meteorites might be found, and calculate velocity using supplied distance and time data. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA Sci Files: The Case of the Shaky Quake. Lesson objectives supported by the video, additional resources, teaching tips and an answer ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mathematics
 
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In this activity, learners build a sextant to measure the altitude, or height above the horizon, of an object. The activity was originally designed to accompany a previous NASA-funded educational program, entitled The Sun in Time. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Mathematics
 
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This math problem determines the areas of simple and complex planar figures using measurement of mass and proportional constructs. Materials are inexpensive or easily found (poster board, scissors, ruler, sharp pencil, right angle), but also requires use of an analytical balance (suggestions are provided for working with less precise weighing tools). This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Problem set, Ref. material
Subject: Mathematics
 
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In this activity, students will identify, compare and contrast multiple geo-referenced Earth data sets, and understand that Global Information Systems (GIS) are composed of geo-referenced data layers. Students compare ocean buoy data with satellite data. Step-by-step instructions for use of the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS) guide students through selecting a data set, importing the data into ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan, In-situ dataset
Subject: Mathematics
 
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This activity engages students in reading a bar graph using authentic NASA data. Students will identify major parts of bar graphs and make a generalization based their interpretation of the graphed data. The lesson provides detailed procedures, related links and sample graphs, follow-up questions, extensions, and teacher notes. Designed for student use, MY NASA DATA LAS samples micro datasets from ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan, In-situ dataset
Subject: Mathematics
 
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This is an activity about science and pseudo-science. Learners will examine the validity of astrology by charting birth dates of U.S. presidents and by comparing horoscopes in different newspapers. After, students will attempt to identify their own horoscope from an unidentified list of daily predictions. This is Activity K-2 of Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0: A Collection of Activities and Resources ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Curriculum
Subject: Mathematics
 
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This is an activity about science and pseudo-science. Learners will examine the validity of astrology by charting birth dates of U.S. presidents and by comparing horoscopes in different newspapers. After, students will attempt to identify their own horoscope from an unidentified list of daily predictions. This is Actividad 11.2 as part of El Universo a Sus Pies, a Spanish-language curriculum, available ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Curriculum
Subject: Mathematics
 
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In this problem set, learners will consider the temperature in Kelvin of various places in the universe and use equations to convert measures from the three temperature scales to answer a series of questions. Answer key is provided. This is part of Earth Math: A Brief Mathematical Guide to Earth Science and Climate Change. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Problem set
Subject: Mathematics
 
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