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Astrobiology - The Search for Life - Exploratorium

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The Exploratorium does it again. Their site about the search for life beyond earth does a stellar job of profiling the science, scientists, and surprisingly diverse methods being used...more
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The Exploratorium does it again. Their site about the search for life beyond earth does a stellar job of profiling the science, scientists, and surprisingly diverse methods being used to expand our search for life forms elsewhere in the universe. The site includes plenty of links for further exploration.

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Cosmic and Heliospheric Learning Center - NASA

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Secondary physics and astronomy teachers may want to take a look at NASA's primer on cosmic rays, astrophysics, energy particles, and magnetic fields. The site offers lots of drill-down...more
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Secondary physics and astronomy teachers may want to take a look at NASA's primer on cosmic rays, astrophysics, energy particles, and magnetic fields. The site offers lots of drill-down options providing additional detail. A surprisingly useful feature is an "in the news" section that offers current information about many of the topics.

tag(s): energy (202)

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Earth and Moon Viewers

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This one's far better than first appearances might indicate. Click one of the many links to see surprisingly detailed, documented images of earth and the moon, complete with full data...more
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This one's far better than first appearances might indicate. Click one of the many links to see surprisingly detailed, documented images of earth and the moon, complete with full data on location and time. Many of the images include zoom capabilities and other nifty features.

tag(s): latitude (13), longitude (13), maps (289)

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Geography teachers will find lots of possibilities in this one.

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Stonehenge Project

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While designed to keep Britons informed about current efforts to preserve Stonehenge, this site offers a detailed history of the mysterious monument begun in about 3000 BC. American...more
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While designed to keep Britons informed about current efforts to preserve Stonehenge, this site offers a detailed history of the mysterious monument begun in about 3000 BC. American audiences will likely want to know more about the people who did the building and the purpose of this huge project. Archaeologists still puzzle over how the construction was accomplished.

tag(s): calendars (45)

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Teachers may want to try this one as an adjunct to an astronomy unit, or as part of a study of ancient civilizations.
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Water and Life on Mars? - Denver Museum of Natural History

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This companion site to the Denver Museum of Natural History's exhibit on mars includes more than is typical of such efforts, including a nice animated timeline of mars exploration....more
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This companion site to the Denver Museum of Natural History's exhibit on mars includes more than is typical of such efforts, including a nice animated timeline of mars exploration. The user is left to his or her own conclusions about whether water or life ever existed on the red planet.

tag(s): mars (41)

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Big and Small - Powers of Ten - Florida State University

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How big is big? How small is small? Using a remarkable series of images, this site lets students begin a tour far outside our galaxy and finish up looking at ...more
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How big is big? How small is small? Using a remarkable series of images, this site lets students begin a tour far outside our galaxy and finish up looking at things infinitesimally small. It's all done with "powers of ten."

tag(s): exponents (42)

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Try using this one to help students visualize size, distance, and time.

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Imagine Mars - NASA

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Here's a site both about going to mars and mars itself. Students must examine their own communities and determine which elements would be important to creating a permanent settlement...more
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Here's a site both about going to mars and mars itself. Students must examine their own communities and determine which elements would be important to creating a permanent settlement on the red planet. While there is lots to learn about mars here, the underlying lesson is one about the relationships in our own communities.

tag(s): communities (35), mars (41), space (213)

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Cool Cosmos - Cal Tech

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Turn a unit on space into something unforgettable with this amazing site that explores infrared astronomy and brings it back to earth. Start by learning how to navigate within the ...more
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Turn a unit on space into something unforgettable with this amazing site that explores infrared astronomy and brings it back to earth. Start by learning how to navigate within the site by clicking on the "help" tool. (It's quite useful for first-time visitors!) Then start exploring the offerings that include cosmic games, galleries of outstanding infrared educational videos and images, classroom activities, and an "ask an astronomer" link. An infrared tutorial provides excellent background information about infrared waves. Students can visit the Infrared Zoo to literally "see" the difference between warm and cold-blooded animals, find out if people glow in the dark, participate in a variety of interactive on-line activities, and learn about the connection between infrared waves and astronomy.

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Turn the Gears! The real guts of this site aren't apparent until the user realizes that access to the various sections is available only by dragging up and down with the mouse to turn that big gear on the right side of that barrel-shaped gizmo on the left side of the page.
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ISS EarthKam - NASA

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Geography and earth science teachers will drool over NASA's collection of earth images made from the International Space Station. Use them to illustrate topographic formations and features,...more
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Geography and earth science teachers will drool over NASA's collection of earth images made from the International Space Station. Use them to illustrate topographic formations and features, then move on to special sets that cover more specific areas. You'll need to make your own connections, but there's plenty of raw material in this one.

tag(s): biomes (115), earth (231), images (271), landforms (45)

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Elementary students will likely need some guidance in using this site.
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Cosmic Distance Scales - NASA

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Nothing fancy about this site, which offers a surprisingly digestible set of comparisons of the distances from here to there in the cosmos. The author abandons scientific notation in...more
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Nothing fancy about this site, which offers a surprisingly digestible set of comparisons of the distances from here to there in the cosmos. The author abandons scientific notation in favor of long strings of zeros in the numbers, and it has the intended effect. The images, of course, are of the sort that NASA does best.

tag(s): moon (74), planets (126), solar system (122), sun (73)

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Astronomy Daily

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Here's a well-executed astronomy tool that tailors its offerings to your location on the globe. A free registration (it captures no personal information) determines your location, and...more
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Here's a well-executed astronomy tool that tailors its offerings to your location on the globe. A free registration (it captures no personal information) determines your location, and then the system offers up astronomical observations, almanac data, and the like that match what you can see out your window. This one's truly slick!

tag(s): moon (74), planets (126), solar system (122), stars (64), sun (73)

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A Science Odyssey

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This retrospective on 20th century scientific advances is particularly strong in its information on the scientists who made the discoveries. Teachers interested in presenting the scientific...more
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This retrospective on 20th century scientific advances is particularly strong in its information on the scientists who made the discoveries. Teachers interested in presenting the scientific process by which these advances were made will find the information here a useful addition. Good information; not a lot of "whiz-bang."

tag(s): scientists (69)

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A Walk Through Time - NIST

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The NIST Physics Laboratory offers this condensed history of time measurement, which chronicles the evolution of time-keeping from ancient calendars through the establishment of time...more
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The NIST Physics Laboratory offers this condensed history of time measurement, which chronicles the evolution of time-keeping from ancient calendars through the establishment of time zones and atomic clocks. The text is readable and the graphics are interesting while still loading quickly. Depending on the amount of detail you want to absorb, this one would work well for upper elementary through secondary students.

tag(s): time (142), time zones (8)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have each group read and interpret individual sections on this site - making sure every group has a different one. The intentions of this will be to have students analyze this information and present it to their peers to "teach" each other. The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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ACS - Chemistry For Life - American Chemical Society

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The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. Click Education in the middle of this opening page find programs...more
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The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. Click Education in the middle of this opening page find programs and units for Elementary through Graduate School. Also offered is a section for careers in science. This is a great resource for science teachers who need additional chemistry content or activities.
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tag(s): chemicals (43), energy (202), experiments (73), inquiry (37), matter (61)

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Scroll to Education and click Teaching Resources. Select your grade level interest and find links to dozens of different Lessons, programs, units and Safety Guides.

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Mars Exploration Program - NASA JPL

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers this page as a starting point for several of its programs to learn more about Mars through remote sensing, robotics, and imaging. Try it as ...more
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers this page as a starting point for several of its programs to learn more about Mars through remote sensing, robotics, and imaging. Try it as a resource for lesson planning or students interested in learning more about the red planet.

tag(s): mars (41), nasa (40), solar system (122), space (213)

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Close Encounter - Mars - NASA

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With Mars now closer to earth than any time in several thousand years, NASA has published this guide to observing and exploring the red planet. Even a pair of binoculars ...more
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With Mars now closer to earth than any time in several thousand years, NASA has published this guide to observing and exploring the red planet. Even a pair of binoculars can show surprising detail these days. Try this one as a starting point for learning about Mars with students.

tag(s): mars (41), nasa (40), solar system (122), space (213)

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Columbia Report - NASA

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This is the home page for the final report on the Shuttle Columbia disaster. The report has received significant attention because it calls on NASA to reform and bolster many ...more
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This is the home page for the final report on the Shuttle Columbia disaster. The report has received significant attention because it calls on NASA to reform and bolster many of the safety and management practices which, according to the report, have remained deficient for many years.

tag(s): space (213)

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Astrobiology - NASA

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This site provides a sampling of activities from a larger web-based curriculum on Astrobiology. Developed in conjunction with NASA's astrobiology institute, this site provides a detailed...more
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This site provides a sampling of activities from a larger web-based curriculum on Astrobiology. Developed in conjunction with NASA's astrobiology institute, this site provides a detailed teaching guide alongside activities aimed at creating a dynamic curriculum through internet resources. The site's activities include an exploration of different types of stars, and possibility of life in different parts of the galaxy.

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Mars Express - European Space Agency

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This European Space Agency site is dedicated to the Mars Express Spacecraft's trip to the red planet and is a good site for studying astronomy at a number of grade ...more
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This European Space Agency site is dedicated to the Mars Express Spacecraft's trip to the red planet and is a good site for studying astronomy at a number of grade levels. The Mars Express is scheduled to land on Mars in December, 2003, and this site documents the details of its journey with articles and multimedia resources. The site has information on both the planet itself, and the spacecraft's specifications and special testing equipment.

tag(s): mars (41), planets (126), robotics (23), solar system (122)

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Moon Resources - Louisiana PTV

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This site provides a well-organized assortment of information on the moons of Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto. There is also a series of twelve lesson plans...more
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This site provides a well-organized assortment of information on the moons of Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto. There is also a series of twelve lesson plans intended to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom with internet activities about moons.

tag(s): moon (74), planets (126), solar system (122)

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