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Galileo's Villa

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This site uses Galileo's Villa as the starting point for a lengthy description of the famous astronomer's life, times, and scientific obsevations and achievements. The site is by no...more
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This site uses Galileo's Villa as the starting point for a lengthy description of the famous astronomer's life, times, and scientific obsevations and achievements. The site is by no means new, and it consists mostly of text. That said, the articles will retain the attention of an interested student.

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Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Post the resource on your teacher web page to allow students to use it for research both in and out of the classroom. This site would be a great source for any student working on a biography of Galileo, a report on the Inquisition, or the beginnings of astronomy.

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Galileo Galilei from the History of Science Museum - Florence, Italy

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This Italian site includes a display of historical artifacts relating to the studies of Galileo Galilei. The link changing it to English can sometimes be a bit tricky so be ...more
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This Italian site includes a display of historical artifacts relating to the studies of Galileo Galilei. The link changing it to English can sometimes be a bit tricky so be sure to test it before using it in your classroom!

tag(s): galileo (7)

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Use this site as an introductory activity during a unit on the famous astronomer. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to provide some context to his revolutionary ideas. This would be a useful resource for a World history or Physics classroom.

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Exploring Earth's Magnetosphere - NASA

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This is a high school level introduction to the earth's magnetosphere, covering topics such as solar wind, sunspots, and electromagnetic activity in space. While the writing is dense...more
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This is a high school level introduction to the earth's magnetosphere, covering topics such as solar wind, sunspots, and electromagnetic activity in space. While the writing is dense and technical, the author makes no special assumptions about previous exposure to mathematics or physics. The unit can be used for self-study, or for students interested in pursuing this phase of physics and astronomy in more depth. This site has a sister-site, From Stargazers to Starships.

tag(s): atmosphere (31)

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Encyclopedia Astronautica

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For technical and historical information about space travel and technology, this site is probably without peer. There are hundreds of pages, images, and minutely detailed chronologies...more
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For technical and historical information about space travel and technology, this site is probably without peer. There are hundreds of pages, images, and minutely detailed chronologies of the people, programs, and equipment which have contributed to space travel in countries around the world. It's an outstanding research site, and a wealth of information.

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Auroras: Paintings in the Sky - The Exploratorium

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This web site shows and tells all about auroras, seen both from the earth and from space. A self-guided tour explains how and why they occur and includes sound clips ...more
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This web site shows and tells all about auroras, seen both from the earth and from space. A self-guided tour explains how and why they occur and includes sound clips from a NASA scientist. The pictures are excellent, text is well-written, and links to other aurora information are included. You can also post your own ideas here. Sound files are accessed with RealAudio, available in the TeachersFirst toolbox.

tag(s): space (221)

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A special section for teachers gives classroom suggestions and ideas for assignments based on this site. You can also post your own ideas here. Sound files are accessed with RealAudio, available in the TeachersFirst toolbox.

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AstroWeb

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This site offers a collection of astronomy-related resources. Includes a searchable database of resources to choose from including telescope data and imagery. ...more
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This site offers a collection of astronomy-related resources. Includes a searchable database of resources to choose from including telescope data and imagery.

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Spectra From Space - The Exploratorium

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Neil Fetter, The Exploratorium - This well-designed site explains four different kinds of space telescopes, including the Hubble, then outlines hands-on activities to reinforce key...more
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Neil Fetter, The Exploratorium - This well-designed site explains four different kinds of space telescopes, including the Hubble, then outlines hands-on activities to reinforce key concepts. Photos of the activities help explain what to do. This site is a set of lessons in itself.

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Graphing Stratospheric Ozone - The Exploratorium

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Neil Fetter, The Exploratorium - This site, one of several at the Exploratorium which use NASA resources, gives detailed lesson plans to teach traditional and web-based lessons about...more
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Neil Fetter, The Exploratorium - This site, one of several at the Exploratorium which use NASA resources, gives detailed lesson plans to teach traditional and web-based lessons about ozone. Students use data collected from the NASA sites to graph atmospheric ozone levels in another set of activities explained in the site. The graphing section assumes knowledge of graphing on two axes.

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Astronomy & Space Lessons - Univ. California Berkeley

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This collection from the Science Education Gateway at U.C. Berkeley includes lessons for elementary and middle school students that use the web to introduce concepts such as measuring...more
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This collection from the Science Education Gateway at U.C. Berkeley includes lessons for elementary and middle school students that use the web to introduce concepts such as measuring the temperature of the sun and tracking the orbits of satellites. As a group, they introduce serious science in an approachable manner. Students will need Internet access to use most of the lessons.

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Third from the Sun: Geographical Features Seen From Space - The Exploratorium

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The Exploratorium - This site is a self-guided tour and history of using satellites to see the earth from above. There are a few mysterious pictures taken from space for ...more
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The Exploratorium - This site is a self-guided tour and history of using satellites to see the earth from above. There are a few mysterious pictures taken from space for students to identify as well as a section explaining how NASA's LandSat works. This would make good supplementary material for a unit of study on space or landforms.

tag(s): solar system (119), space (221)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on astronomy. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). This would be a great site in an Earth Science or Geography classroom.

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Star Child - A learning Center For Young Astronomers - NASA

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This site from NASA offers an unusually well-thought-out introduction to the stars and solar system. The information is available in both primary and upper elementary versions, and...more
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This site from NASA offers an unusually well-thought-out introduction to the stars and solar system. The information is available in both primary and upper elementary versions, and the presentation is keyed to applicable national and state standards (primarily Virginia and Maryland). The presentations include elements of astronomy and mathematics. This one is well worth a visit.

tag(s): solar system (119)

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Introduce this activity with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard to show students how to navigate the site. Then, at a computer center, have students explore on their own. Have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using EasyBlog, reviewed here.

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The Satellite Site - The Tech Museum

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Here's a chance for your space students to build their own satellite, learn about different types of satellites, their orbits, and how they operate. Developed by M.I.T. with help from...more
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Here's a chance for your space students to build their own satellite, learn about different types of satellites, their orbits, and how they operate. Developed by M.I.T. with help from Lockheed Martin, the site includes a number of interactive Java applets that kids can use to test out their own skills. A Java-capable browser is a must.

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Have small groups compete to see who can design and make the most interesting satellite!

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National Air and Space Museum - Smithsonian Institution

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4 to 8
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This site allows students to visit current exhibits and perform research via the Internet. Scroll down the page to find "Explore More Topics" with categories like Aviation, Exploration,...more
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This site allows students to visit current exhibits and perform research via the Internet. Scroll down the page to find "Explore More Topics" with categories like Aviation, Exploration, Space, and more.

tag(s): air (148), space (221)

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Benefit from the many features shared on this site. Allow students to choose a topic of interest to further explore. Ask students to share what they learned through a podcast. Anchor, reviewed here, is a podcast creation tool that offers the ability to record or upload audio from your computer and add songs from Apple Music and Spotify. Have students share concepts learned through animated videos. My Simpleshow, reviewed here, includes free tools for making simple explainer videos.

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NASA's SpaceLink - NASA

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This is NASA's "home page" for school-related information. There's almost too much here, and figuring out where to go next can be a problem. It's a good starting point, though, ...more
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This is NASA's "home page" for school-related information. There's almost too much here, and figuring out where to go next can be a problem. It's a good starting point, though, especially when used in conjunction with the other NASA resources on this page.

tag(s): space (221)

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Open this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector and access the "e-clips." The clips are short video segments that would be an excellent supplement for any lesson on NASA related materials. After completing a lecture, show students a clip to re-enforce the message, and they will be sure to be more interested and see the theories in practical application!

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NASA Langley's Learning Technologies Project! - NASA

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This site includes interactive projects involving math and science. The common theme is aerospace. ...more
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This site includes interactive projects involving math and science. The common theme is aerospace.

tag(s): scientists (69), space (221)

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Click the K-12 Educator E-Resource Center to find the educational resources.

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NASA Kids Club

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This is NASA's starting point for kids interested in NASA activities. Introduced in June, 1999, it offers dozens of NASA web resources groups into logical categories. Given the hundreds...more
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This is NASA's starting point for kids interested in NASA activities. Introduced in June, 1999, it offers dozens of NASA web resources groups into logical categories. Given the hundreds of pages that NASA has on the web, this page should make it easier for students to find information they can use.

tag(s): space (221)

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After introducing the site with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard, allow students to explore on their own then choose a topic of interest for further research. Have older students make a multimedia presentation or create a digital story about their topic using Adobe Spark, reviewed here. Younger students could create a digital story around their topic using My Storybook, reviewed here. Post a link to this website for students to share with parents at home.

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The International Space Station - A Virtual Reality Tour - CNN

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CNN offers a virtual reality tour of the International Space Station. It's a great way to explore the station's various components and construction. You'll need a computer with a 166...more
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CNN offers a virtual reality tour of the International Space Station. It's a great way to explore the station's various components and construction. You'll need a computer with a 166 MHz processor or better, and the Cosmo player plug-in for your browser. Depending on the speed of your modem connection, the demo could take 3-5 minutes to load. It's worth the wait.

tag(s): space (221)

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After taking this virtual tour with the entire class, set up a link on classroom computers for those who have a high interest in space and space flight.

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The International Space Station - NASA

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This is NASA's ISS home page, containing basic information and links to a number of other resources on the construction and uses of the space station. ...more
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This is NASA's ISS home page, containing basic information and links to a number of other resources on the construction and uses of the space station.

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After introducing students to this site and showing them how to navigate the resources, set up a link on classroom computers for those who have a high interest in space and space flight.

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The International Space Station - City in Space - Discovery Channel

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Discovery Channel offers a collection of multi-medial and virtual reality demonstrations showing how the international space station will be assembled and function. The site includes...more
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Discovery Channel offers a collection of multi-medial and virtual reality demonstrations showing how the international space station will be assembled and function. The site includes explanations of the scientific and diplomatic objectives of the space station project.

tag(s): space (221)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of space exploration. Allow students to access the site on individual computers or the interactive whiteboard to take a closer look at the virtual tours provided of the space station. This site would also be a good jumping point in discussing habitats and human needs. After students have looked at the site, put them in small groups to design their own "space station." Have them include and discuss things that they see as needs, wants, and other objects they couldn't live in space without.

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Eric's Treasure Trove of Astronomy

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This is a searchable database of scientific definitions related to the study of Astronomy. Available topics range from Physics to Music and Math. ...more
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This is a searchable database of scientific definitions related to the study of Astronomy. Available topics range from Physics to Music and Math.

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