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Beyond the Solar System: Expanding the Universe in the Classroom DLESE Reviewed Collection
This DVD combines the latest scientific and educational research to help teachers in grades 8-12 deepen their own and their students? understanding of our universe and of the nature of science. Produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in association with NASA, Beyond the Solar System is filled with video, print, and online resources. It is designed for Earth and space science educators, physical science educators, professional development providers, and classroom use. The National Science Education Standards includes the topic of origin and evolution of the universe as part of the essential content of Earth and space science understanding. Yet providing concrete, inquiry-based experiences for students to learn these concepts can be a challenge for teachers. Beyond the Solar System contains more than two hours of video, organized into two modular strands of material -- science content, and teaching and learning resources. These are intended to promote greater understanding of the scientific concepts through discussion and reflection, activities, and application of the ideas to teaching. Also included are lesson plans, student guides, assessments, content background, summaries of relevant standards, and links to further resources. These instructional materials are provided in PDF format and can be printed from a computer.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Assessment / Evaluation
    • Lesson plan
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This DVD is intended for distribution to middle and high school teachers via professional development workshops provided by astronomy and space science teacher-educators. It is being distributed to these professional development providers through conferences and workshops and through a national leadership group of Beyond the Solar System PD providers in partnership with the project team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-456
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Mary Dussault
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics