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Mars Exploration Station - NASA

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Head off to the year 2031 and learn how a Martian colony might actually work in this site from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Learn the options for life support, ...more
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Head off to the year 2031 and learn how a Martian colony might actually work in this site from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Learn the options for life support, the scientific work that might go on at the station, and more. There's not a lot of "glitz" to this one, but the concepts will fascinate interested students.

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Cultural Astronomy - Bringing the Heavens to Earth - Adler Planetarium

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Chicago's Adler Planetarium offers this interesting introduction to the way in which early cultures interpreted the heavens. There are dozens of examples drawn from as many ancient...more
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Chicago's Adler Planetarium offers this interesting introduction to the way in which early cultures interpreted the heavens. There are dozens of examples drawn from as many ancient cultures, and all organized into themes that would have been essential to these civilizations. A set of lesson plans rounds out this intriguing unit.

tag(s): calendars (44), stars (61)

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Save this site as a favorite and use it for an all-around resource for a unit on astronomy. Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered in addition to the sections that could be used as learning centers by themselves. This is a great resource for an inter-disciplinary lesson about astronomy.

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Albert Einstein - American Museum of Natural History

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From an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, this site offers an introduction to Einstein's work that mere mortals can understand. Einstein set the world of physics and...more
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From an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, this site offers an introduction to Einstein's work that mere mortals can understand. Einstein set the world of physics and cosmology on its head by showing that forces like time and gravity are variable, not constant. The implications of these discoveries let to the creation of entirely new sciences. There is much to learn here. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): scientists (69)

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Use this site as a research tool into the life and mind of Albert Einstein. Use the links and information as an anticipatory set for a unit on gravity, energy, light, and other topics available at this site. Don't forget to use your interactive whiteboard or projector so all students can see and participate.
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Leonid Meteor Shower - Space.com

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The November, 2002 Leonid meteor shower produced some great images and accounts, some of which appear on this page from Space.com. Amateur astronomers will find the information interesting,...more
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The November, 2002 Leonid meteor shower produced some great images and accounts, some of which appear on this page from Space.com. Amateur astronomers will find the information interesting, and space or astronomy teachers will no doubt find additional uses for the accounts and images.

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The Apollo Program - NASA

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NASA's Apollo program site offers a one-stop collection of resources about the American manned moon landing program. Users can select mission-by -mission accounts of the program's progress,...more
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NASA's Apollo program site offers a one-stop collection of resources about the American manned moon landing program. Users can select mission-by -mission accounts of the program's progress, with lots of photos and text on each mission. Because this site links to a variety of archival NASA content, the presentation can be very uneven. If you're a space buff, though, this one's a gold mine.

tag(s): moon (72), nasa (39), space (205)

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Use this site as an in-class activity during a unit on modern space exploration. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing cooperative learning groups to explore it independently. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site.

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Mars Fun Zone - NASA

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NASA's Mars page for kids offers lots of interactive exploration options and an interactive Mars viewer. Teachers will also find links to more extensive NASA classroom resources on...more
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NASA's Mars page for kids offers lots of interactive exploration options and an interactive Mars viewer. Teachers will also find links to more extensive NASA classroom resources on Mars and plans for further explorations. NASA's web resources are huge, and finding suitable materials can sometimes require some experimenting. This site will certainly interest elementary-level explorers.

tag(s): mars (41), robotics (25), space (205)

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HubbleSite - NASA

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NASA's comprehensive Hubble telescope site includes six major sections targeted to different student audiences. There are games and introductions for elementary students, as well as...more
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NASA's comprehensive Hubble telescope site includes six major sections targeted to different student audiences. There are games and introductions for elementary students, as well as images and more detailed information for older students. If the galaxies are your destination, this is an ideal starting point.

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Moon Illusion - Sandlot Science

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Why does that Harvest Moon appear so huge? This page from the Sandlot Science site offers an explanation that middle and high school students should find interesting. There's an interactive...more
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Why does that Harvest Moon appear so huge? This page from the Sandlot Science site offers an explanation that middle and high school students should find interesting. There's an interactive applet that illustrates how the phenomenon actually works. Try this one if you're studying astronomy, the solar system, or puzzles and illusions.

tag(s): moon (72), solar system (119)

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Galileo's Battle for the Heavens - PBS/Nova

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This site from the PBS Nova series chronicles Galileo's life, experiments, and scientific accomplishments. Users will find a detailed time line, articles about Galileo's accomplishments,...more
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This site from the PBS Nova series chronicles Galileo's life, experiments, and scientific accomplishments. Users will find a detailed time line, articles about Galileo's accomplishments, and a nice series of interactive "experiments" illustrating his fundamental discoveries. Great site for the study of astronomy, inventors, or the Renaissance.

tag(s): galileo (7), gravity (46), moon (72), renaissance (34), solar system (119)

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A teachers' guide is in the works, but was unavailable at the time of this review.
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Hubble Site EduSpace - NASA

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NASA does it again with their introduction to galaxies and astronomy for elementary students. Using a collection of Flash-enhanced games and Hubble illustrations, the site teaches the...more
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NASA does it again with their introduction to galaxies and astronomy for elementary students. Using a collection of Flash-enhanced games and Hubble illustrations, the site teaches the different types of galaxies and how they are formed and develop.

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This is part of a far larger Hubble Telescope site that includes a huge collection of images, screen savers, and other astronomical goodies.

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At Home Astronomy - UC Berkeley

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This is a well organized collection of ten simple experiments that demonstrate principles and phenomena of astronomy. Each includes complete illustrations, narrative, and instructions...more
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This is a well organized collection of ten simple experiments that demonstrate principles and phenomena of astronomy. Each includes complete illustrations, narrative, and instructions on how to perform the experiment and what it shows.

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These experiments would work equally well in most classrooms as a nice way to bring a complex topic down to earth.

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TryScience - New York Hall of Science

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This science site from the New York Hall of Science offers Flash-based units on astronomy, electrolysis, and - are you ready? - naked mole rats. There are also links to ...more
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This science site from the New York Hall of Science offers Flash-based units on astronomy, electrolysis, and - are you ready? - naked mole rats. There are also links to live webcams from several science museums around the country, and a "field trips" section with links to museums around the world.

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Build a Solar System - The Exploratorium

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Here's a nifty tool that calculates the measurements you'll need for an exact scale model of the solar system. Just enter the size of the Sun and the page calculates ...more
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Here's a nifty tool that calculates the measurements you'll need for an exact scale model of the solar system. Just enter the size of the Sun and the page calculates everything else. Because of the vast size differences involved, it may be difficult to create a model in a small space, but just comparing the numbers can be instructive.

tag(s): planets (123), solar system (119), sun (71)

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Those teaching space or earth science will find this one a great tool for developing models and comparisons.

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Virtual Sky

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This site offers a diagram of the night sky that varies based on your location. We've not confirmed its accuracy, but it could be useful tool as part of an ...more
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This site offers a diagram of the night sky that varies based on your location. We've not confirmed its accuracy, but it could be useful tool as part of an introduction to astronomy or star-gazing.

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ExploreScience - ExploreLearning

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This is a collection of well-written instructional modules that introduce scientific concepts, primarily in physics and life sciences. All modules use Flash/shockwave animation, and...more
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This is a collection of well-written instructional modules that introduce scientific concepts, primarily in physics and life sciences. All modules use Flash/shockwave animation, and they can be used to teach or reinforce principles. Each module includes interactive elements that require students to participate in the presentation.

tag(s): genetics (90), mass (23), optics (13)

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These modules will be challenging content for some students, but the quality of both content and presentation is excellent. There are lesson plans associated with each module.
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Planetary Image Catalog - NASA

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NASA offers an easy-to-use collection of images of the planets, their moons, and other comets, asteroids, and similar objects that pass by from time to time. Many of the images ...more
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NASA offers an easy-to-use collection of images of the planets, their moons, and other comets, asteroids, and similar objects that pass by from time to time. Many of the images are indexed by the mission which obtained them, but the thumbnails will help you find what you're looking for. Great image resource for a solar system unit.

tag(s): moon (72), planets (123), solar system (119)

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NASA Express Lesson - NASA

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This page is the "front door" to a collection of NASA lesson units dealing with assorted topics in astronomy, aeronautics, and science. Each unit contains a collection of on-line and...more
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This page is the "front door" to a collection of NASA lesson units dealing with assorted topics in astronomy, aeronautics, and science. Each unit contains a collection of on-line and classroom materials. You'll find the typical NASA depth of content; the challenge is fitting it into available time and resources. Still, these lessons can be a great resource.

tag(s): aeronautics (13), space (205)

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Project Starshine - NASA

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NASA's student-participation satellite project has enlisted students to help polish mirrors for a series of satellites students can actually spot from space. The site includes information...more
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NASA's student-participation satellite project has enlisted students to help polish mirrors for a series of satellites students can actually spot from space. The site includes information on how to spot a satellite, how to participate in a mirror polishing assignment, and the objectives of the starshine spacecraft. Try it for a hands-on space study.

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NSF Classroom Resources - National Science Foundation

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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry....more
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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry. The content is predictably detailed, "real science" based on topics and phenomena that will interest students. These are the best of the best lessons and resources with applicability to lots of settings.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), biomes (116), chemicals (40), computers (95), cultures (105), earth (228), engineering (125), environment (317), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), numbers (204), origami (17), planets (123), robotics (25), space (205), symmetry (55)

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Bookmark this site as a reference site for finding further material. Under each subject find a varity of formats from forums and articles, to videos, interactives, podcasts, experiments and more. Some of the resources on this site may lead to a starting point for individual or group projects. Use parts of this site at a center. Share this site with staff (especially new teachers) and parents looking to extend science and math activities at home.

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Antimatter Mysteries

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Here's an introduction to the concept of antimatter for younger students. Nicely written text and charming illustrations step users through a concept that's tough for many adults. Try...more
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Here's an introduction to the concept of antimatter for younger students. Nicely written text and charming illustrations step users through a concept that's tough for many adults. Try this one if you have a few students who need a little "something extra" to think about!

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