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The Space Shuttle Mission Profile - Jim Cornish, Gander Academy

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At this informative website, teachers will find pictures, research and additional sources all about space shuttles. The specific topics of information include assembly, rollout, countdown,...more
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At this informative website, teachers will find pictures, research and additional sources all about space shuttles. The specific topics of information include assembly, rollout, countdown, ascent, orbit, landing and processing.

tag(s): space (218)

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Use a projector to share this informative website with your students! There are lots of details and neat pictures provided at this website. If you have an interactive whiteboard, you can use the tools to highlight important information as you read and learn.

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Mission To Mars - Jim Cornish, Gander Academy

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3 to 6
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The Mission To Mars website includes five activities, numerous links and teacher guides. Each activity poses questions for the students to find the answers to by researching the various...more
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The Mission To Mars website includes five activities, numerous links and teacher guides. Each activity poses questions for the students to find the answers to by researching the various links provided. Some of the links require FLASH.

tag(s): mars (42), space (218)

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Be sure to check out the "teachers" section of this web activity.
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Jason Digital Lab: Spacecraft Engineer - NASA

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5 to 8
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Design a Spacecraft and learn what space engineers do using this virtual lab activity. There is teacher information and a three-part approach to the "mission." You do not need to ...more
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Design a Spacecraft and learn what space engineers do using this virtual lab activity. There is teacher information and a three-part approach to the "mission." You do not need to do all the parts, however. The best spacecraft designs submitted will be displayed on the web site. Includes national standards.

tag(s): engineering (127), nasa (39), space (218)

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Choose one or all three modules and laptops or a lab for students to work in small groups.

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Cosmos4Kids - Andrew Rader Studios

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3 to 6
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The Cosmos4Kids site is all about astronomy. This informational site provides pictures, information, interactive quizzes and slideshows! This is an excellent introduction to space...more
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The Cosmos4Kids site is all about astronomy. This informational site provides pictures, information, interactive quizzes and slideshows! This is an excellent introduction to space for elementary students. Specific topics include stars, systems, universe, galaxies, solar systems, planets, exploration and more! Some portions require good reading skills, so partner your students to help. Some activities require FLASH. If you see a blank screen, download the Flash plugin from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): space (218), stars (65)

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Get an interactive whiteboard and choose which research and activities are appropriate for your classroom. You can assign students to report on differenet portions of the site, find something they did not know, or even plan a "trip" to a planet. Be sure to list the link on your teacher web page for students to revisit at home.
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NyeLabs - Bill Nye, Inc.

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K to 12
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for...more
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for at-home learning fun, directions to make some unique science crafts and some very interesting science facts. The site requires FLASH. Some downloadable directions use Acrobat Reader. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): scientists (70)

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If showing your class a Bill Nye video, the episode guides will help to organize the lesson. Students may enjoy simply surfing the site, some very interesting facts are displayed! Don't forget to check out the "home demos" for some new ideas. This is a great site to include as a general enrichment link from your teacher web page. Hook some young scientists!
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Birthday Moons - NASA/MSU-Bozeman Ceres Project

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1 to 4
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Students learn about the moon and its phases by finding their own birthday's lunar phase in the year they were born. They then graph, compare, and write about their ...more
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Students learn about the moon and its phases by finding their own birthday's lunar phase in the year they were born. They then graph, compare, and write about their birthday's lunar phases in different years. Extension activities are also offered.

tag(s): moon (73)

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Choose some of the seven activities or do them all. Some are non-technology-based lessons while others integrate the computer as a tool. You could bring in a laptop cart , use a lab, or set up a center at your classroom computer with these activities.

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Calendars through the Ages - Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement

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This information-packed site focuses on calendars through the ages. It includes sections on the astronomy of calendars (e.g. moon cycles), the history of calendars, differences among...more
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This information-packed site focuses on calendars through the ages. It includes sections on the astronomy of calendars (e.g. moon cycles), the history of calendars, differences among various international calendars, derivation of the names of the months, and loads of other trivia about calendars.

tag(s): calendars (46)

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Lots of great stuff for "did you know?" discussions or as an extension of a study of timelines and other graphic organizers of information. A few interesting visuals, but the strength of this site is in its information. Might be a good source for monthly bulletin boards or an enrichment area for gifted students.

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Space Shuttle STS-121 - NASA

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6 to 12
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NASA's venerable shuttle is back at work, this time doing supply and repair work on the International Space Station. Consider this mission home page as a way to help introduce ...more
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NASA's venerable shuttle is back at work, this time doing supply and repair work on the International Space Station. Consider this mission home page as a way to help introduce a new generation to the wonders, complexities, and scientific possibilities of space flight. Besides, space walks are just plain cool - so this is science in which your students will be interested!

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Fluids in Space - Physics Central

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What happens when you try to boil water in space? While it sounds trivial, the issue of working with liquids in zero-gravity environments has implications for space exploration and...more
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What happens when you try to boil water in space? While it sounds trivial, the issue of working with liquids in zero-gravity environments has implications for space exploration and travel. It's just an idle question. This site explains the problems and what scientists are trying to do to manage it.

tag(s): gravity (49), space (218)

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Try this one as an interesting practical study in scientific experimentation.

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10th Planet - NOVA

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3 to 9
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What makes a planet a planet...and how many are there...really? This series of entertaining videos takes a look at a fascinating discovery at the far end of our solar system ...more
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What makes a planet a planet...and how many are there...really? This series of entertaining videos takes a look at a fascinating discovery at the far end of our solar system and raises some interesting astronomical questions.

tag(s): planets (127), solar system (121)

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These videos provide a great opportunity for incorporating writing and reflecting into your science curriculum. After viewing the presentations, ask students to summarize what they have learned and generate one additional question they would like to ask of the scientists.

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Your Sky

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5 to 9
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Choose from three different ways to "map the sky" at a specific location on earth with this interactive planetarium site. Select from sky map, horizon view, or virtual telescope (with...more
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Choose from three different ways to "map the sky" at a specific location on earth with this interactive planetarium site. Select from sky map, horizon view, or virtual telescope (with custom setting available). Just enter the desired time, date, location (latitude and longitude), and viewpoint. A great site for "viewing" the constellations - in your part of the world or some distant venue - from your classroom.

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Kids' Club - NASA

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NASA has created a wonderfully interactive and engaging virtual playground - filled with educational games and resources on space-related topics. Turn your students loose to explore...more
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NASA has created a wonderfully interactive and engaging virtual playground - filled with educational games and resources on space-related topics. Turn your students loose to explore five different levels of activities.

tag(s): planets (127), space (218), stars (65)

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A great independent "station" for your classroom computer. Make up a "checklist" to chart student progress through the various levels and games.
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Astrophysics Visualization - Hayden Planetarium

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6 to 12
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Experience a Martian dust storm, comet collisions, supernova explosions, and black holes within the safety of the computer lab. This collection of video visualizations and informational...more
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Experience a Martian dust storm, comet collisions, supernova explosions, and black holes within the safety of the computer lab. This collection of video visualizations and informational descriptions provides an up-close and personal view of some of the universe's most fascinating events. The brief "movies" are organized into four categories - Solar System, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe.

tag(s): mars (42), space (218)

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Use these visualizations as anticipatory sets to introduce an astronomy topic to your students.

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - NASA

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March 10, 2006 marked the successful arrival of the Reconnaissance Orbiter to Mars. This site provides current details and pictures of the craft and will chronicle its exploration of...more
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March 10, 2006 marked the successful arrival of the Reconnaissance Orbiter to Mars. This site provides current details and pictures of the craft and will chronicle its exploration of the Red Planet over the next six months. Check back frequently for updated images and videos of the Martian exploration.

tag(s): mars (42), solar system (121)

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Return of Stardust - NASA

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6 to 12
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After seven years and nearly three billion miles of space travel, NASA's Stardust spacecraft is scheduled to return to earth on January 15, 2006. It will be carrying dust samples ...more
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After seven years and nearly three billion miles of space travel, NASA's Stardust spacecraft is scheduled to return to earth on January 15, 2006. It will be carrying dust samples from a comet. The samples will be the oldest matter ever collected from space, dating to the origins of the universe. NASA's site offers background and information on the scientific significance of this mission.

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Exploring a New Frontier - America's Space Program - Smithsonian

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This lesson unit from the National Park service offers a toolkit for learning about the space program of the 1960s. It introduces the formation of NASA and the evolution of ...more
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This lesson unit from the National Park service offers a toolkit for learning about the space program of the 1960s. It introduces the formation of NASA and the evolution of Cape Canaveral, Houston's manned spaceflight center, and other installations. While there's a lot of material here, teachers will no doubt need to use some of their own creativity to mold it into something that fits local needs. This site would be a great addition to a study of 20th century explorers.

tag(s): moon (73), nasa (39), space (218)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! Save this one as a favorite on your computer to allow for easy access and retrieval.

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Mars - Brainpop

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You can learn about the red planet, its moons, atmosphere, and recent explorations with this entertaining video. Then test your knowledge with an interactive quiz, see your score, and...more
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You can learn about the red planet, its moons, atmosphere, and recent explorations with this entertaining video. Then test your knowledge with an interactive quiz, see your score, and review your answers.
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tag(s): mars (42), planets (127)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If individual computers are available, be sure to use headsets!
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NASA's Return to Flight - PBS News Hour

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Learn about the components of the space shuttle Discovery and the safety improvements that were made to the spacecraft following the Columbia disaster. This lesson plan involves students...more
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Learn about the components of the space shuttle Discovery and the safety improvements that were made to the spacecraft following the Columbia disaster. This lesson plan involves students in discussing the pros and cons of using liquid fuel propulsion, analyzing the findings of the Columbia accident, and conducting hands-on experiments to test insulating materials. Aligned to National Standards.

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Return to Flight - STS 114 - NASA

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4 to 12
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The launch of STS-114 marks the first space shuttle misson since the Columbia accident two years ago. This NASA site serves as home base for their multi-format coverage of the ...more
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The launch of STS-114 marks the first space shuttle misson since the Columbia accident two years ago. This NASA site serves as home base for their multi-format coverage of the launch and flight, and there are loads of links from this page to content for various ages and interests.

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Deep Impact Comet Mission - JPL/NASA

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This week, scientists at NASA managed to successfully crash a satellite into a passing comet. The result of the impact generated huge amounts of data about the content in the ...more
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This week, scientists at NASA managed to successfully crash a satellite into a passing comet. The result of the impact generated huge amounts of data about the content in the comet, much of which may have been around since the dawn of the universe. This site shows the images and describes the mission in detail.

tag(s): space (218)

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Teachers should pay particular attention to the education section of this site, which contains a nice collection of ready-to-go lesson units.

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