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Exploring the Planets Cyber-Center DLESE Reviewed Collection
This resource is part of the Science Education Gateway (SEGway) project, funded by NASA, which is a national consortium of scientists, museums, and educators working together to bring the latest science to students, teachers, and the general public. This activity introduces students to planetary research. Using some of the most famous and interesting images of the Solar System, students learn to focus on details by studying uncaptioned images. Next, students increase their knowledge of the planets and their features by comparing their observations to those of real researchers. They organize their findings to infer a key difference between inner and outer planets. The teacher's section contains lesson plans, teaching ideas, worksheets, and assessment tools.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • Informal
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Module / Unit
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1995-2002 Regents of the University of California. We encourage individual users, teachers, and students to make classroom-based, not-for-profit use of the materials available through the UC Berkeley Center for Science Education at Space Sciences Laboratory (CSE@SSL) and its World Wide Web site. All our materials are copyright of the University of California Regents with the exception of data and images from NASA and other sources which may be in the public domain or subject to their own copyright restrictions.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-455
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of science
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Center for Science Education, Space Sciences Laboratory

Author: Maureen Kerr
National Air and Space Museum

Author: Pricilla Strain
Center for Earth and Planetary Studies