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Animated Virtual Planetarium - Paul Stoddard

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5 to 12
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This website shows how the solar system rotates as time passes. Click "Visible" Solar System to start the simulation. Use the date and time controls to manipulate "time." You can ...more
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This website shows how the solar system rotates as time passes. Click "Visible" Solar System to start the simulation. Use the date and time controls to manipulate "time." You can also see the skies from the ground, view the sun in relation to the earth and other planets, and more. Students will marvel at the comet simulation and the comet and eclipse predictors. The website also features information on each separate planet and alternate historical views of the solar system, including the Copernican and the Jovian. The site requires JAVA. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): earth (228), moon (72), planets (123), sun (71)

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Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to show students how the night sky changes as the hours pass. Since the print is small, have students use the whteboard pens to cirle things or point out special features of the "sky." There is a Notes for Teachers link that provides descriptions of each activity and some ideas to incorporate the activities into your class.

Use this website when teaching ESL/ELL students about space and the solar system since this website is highly visual and contains few words.

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Universal Leonardo - University of the Arts, London

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6 to 12
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Leonardo da Vinci is one of history's greatest geniuses. This site looks at Leonardo's work in ways that highlight how comprehensive and interdisciplinary his impact has been. Of...more
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Leonardo da Vinci is one of history's greatest geniuses. This site looks at Leonardo's work in ways that highlight how comprehensive and interdisciplinary his impact has been. Of course, you can examine his individual works of art, but this site is organized along threads, which you can access through a traditional menu or through an interactive web. Follow Leonardo's influence in math, through his inventions, in his understanding of the human body or his examination of the natural world. There are also some just-plain-fun flash-enabled games to play: make the Mona Lisa smile broadly by correctly answering questions about her, practice mirror writing, or see if you can power his glider across a ravine.

tag(s): renaissance (34)

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Because Leonardo's work crosses so many curricular boundaries, teachers from many different disciplines might find this site useful as part of a lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard, particularly when painting "the big picture" for students (no pun intended!). Art teachers, of course, can access Leonardo's work, but science teachers can use the interactive games to illustrate principles of physics or early understanding of the human body. History or literature teachers might use the site to personify the term "Renaissance Man" for students studying the time period. Whatever your discipline, be sure to make the link available from your teacher web page for curious students to explore outside of class.
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Planet Science - NESTA

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K to 12
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This MUST SEE interactive science website features eight specific areas. The "News" section includes weekly news updates and features. "Wired" has challenging interactive games for...more
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This MUST SEE interactive science website features eight specific areas. The "News" section includes weekly news updates and features. "Wired" has challenging interactive games for grades 4-12. "Sci-Teach" provides countless resources for teachers of all grades. "Out There" takes you to the "back garden of science delights," including inventors, sound, vampires, and the flu. "Parents" has useful ideas - even science experiments for children's parties. "Under 11s" is geared for younger students, an excellent collection!. The activities teach traditional science topics using new multimedia. The "Next Steps" link challenges students to think about their future careers (both science and non-science). There are printable pages and interactive activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. The "Library" link features countless online science resources.

Nearly every one of the activities requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): inventors and inventions (101), planets (123), sports (96), water (130)

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Nearly all of the activities are ideal for interactive whiteboards (or projectors). This site is so rich it may be overwhelming. If you are an elementary teacher, start at the "Under 11s" link. Otherwise, visit the "Sci-Teach" link first for some excellent ideas, resources, and science fun. Preview this site before starting any science unit to find related activites and extensions.
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Celebrating NASA's 50th Anniversary - NASA

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4 to 12
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Celebrate NASA's 50th anniversary by learning about its major feats and heroes. While this site has pages of information through fact sheets, its greatest asset is the interactive...more
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Celebrate NASA's 50th anniversary by learning about its major feats and heroes. While this site has pages of information through fact sheets, its greatest asset is the interactive time line where students scroll through the years of space exploration using their mouse, and then clicking on the blocks to learn more about NASA's accomplishments.

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

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Celebrations for NASA's 50 years continue throughout 2008, so put this unit on your calendar early. Check out the calendar of events to coordinate your lessons with NASA events. In addition, the NASA Links section found at the left is your portal to all NASA websites and web pages.
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I was wondering - National Science Academies

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5 to 10
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Meet Lia and learn about women scientists. Anyone, especially middle school aged girls, is encouraged to become a scientist as Lia celebrates the lives and contributions of 10 female...more
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Meet Lia and learn about women scientists. Anyone, especially middle school aged girls, is encouraged to become a scientist as Lia celebrates the lives and contributions of 10 female scientists. You will find hands-on, "sharable" science activities and games that make science fun. Book suggestions and amazing links associated with the women scientists' fields complete the offerings of this site designed to dispel the myth that girls can't do science.

tag(s): climate (92), genetics (90), space (205)

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The topics range from robots to subatomic particles, from biology to astronomy to social science. Use this site as a jumping off point to for scientist biographies and study of science careers in a variety of areas. Many of the links make excellent curriculum resources, as well. Be sure to make this site available from your teacher web page and encourage students to try some of the hands-on activities at home. Most are designed to be "social events" where students can invite friends to join in. Mention this to parents, as well, so they can encourage their young scientists with science parties!
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Seeing Science - Science & Technology Facility Council

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4 to 12
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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include...more
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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include anthrax, Pluto, cement, chocolate, plants and more! The activities are designed to use with students ages 11-16, but could be adapted for students younger or older. Each lesson has a teacher section (with lesson plans, notes and more), a student section (with printable worksheets), and an interactive/multimedia section (with videos, audio, games and more). These lessons are motivational, technological and educational - you do not want to miss this exciting opportunity! The interactive activities requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): chocolate (7), plants (144), safety (92), solar system (119)

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Anyone teaching upper elementary and secondary science should check this free website for activites correlated to your curriculum. Your first choices should be replacements for units you find tedious or only marginally successful. Try a new way, and see the learning happen. Most of these activities are perfectly suited for an interactive whiteboard.
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TryEngineering - TryEngineering

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2 to 12
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Whether you are teaching about plastics, robots, electricity or many other science topics, check this website out! This site provides information about the world of engineering and...more
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Whether you are teaching about plastics, robots, electricity or many other science topics, check this website out! This site provides information about the world of engineering and engineering careers, as well. There are 42 lesson plans that are ready to go, and many involve technology. The lesson plans have standards, objectives and age levels. Counselors will like the career section's detailed and helpful information. The website also provides numerous interactive games.

tag(s): circuits (20), electricity (89), engineering (125), machines (30), plastics (9), simple machines (36)

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The lesson plans are detailed and simple to follow. The interactive games will have your students' talking about the activity long after class is over. Share the link on your teacher web page so they can visit over and over. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity for students to ask questions to real-live engineers, as well. Bring the real world into your classroom.
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Panoramas.dk

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K to 12
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Have a high speed Internet connection? (Most schools do)The you MUST visit these 3D virtual tours of beautiful sites all over the world with your students. Read the Welcome message...more
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Have a high speed Internet connection? (Most schools do)The you MUST visit these 3D virtual tours of beautiful sites all over the world with your students. Read the Welcome message on the home page for directions and details, then explore the current features and several years of archives for 3D virtual tours from major world capitals to true "experiences" such as Times Square and white water rafting. Even the tour of a Banyan tree will amaze you. Bring the world into your classroom for geography, landforms, world cultures, foreign language study, or literary settings. Be in the midst of festivals or atop the Sydney Bridge. The site requires Quicktime. The Welcome section can help you troubleshoot. Or you can get Quicktime from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Just be sure to share in full screen (high band) view , if you can! Click the FULL SCREEN QTVR FEATURE > ARCHIVE to find more choices. There is also a link to Arounder, a collection of European Capitals in 3D tours.

tag(s): images (265), landforms (45)

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Use a projector--or better yet, an interactive whiteboard--to take students atop the Eiffel Tower, to the high Sierras, or aboard a Mars explorer. Allow student to navigate on the whiteboard. Nte that Shift and Ctrl keys alow you to zoom, as well. Be sure to click at the top of the 3D view to Read More about the image. These tours will make landforms real, culture come alive, and science a visual art form. As you introduce terms and place, use images! You could even use a tour as a writing prompt for poetry or descriptive writing. Include the link on your teacher web page for students to "tour the world" outside of class or feature one location a week to broaden class horizons on a classroom desktop.

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What a GREAT idea! Thank you. I found one with mountain biking and vistas. I'll put it up early in the period and come back to it in the end and have them write their exit cards about it. Then I will revisit it in a week or two when we start talking about metaphorical language. Shirley, CA, Grades: 6 - 12
I plan to use this as a way to start the school year with my sixth grade G/T kids. I will display a panorama on an interactive whiteboard-- one of mountains with peaks and valleys. I will ask, "Why would I show you this and say that this is our classroom this year?" The students will write down an idea on a slip of paper, guessing why I might use this as an introduction to my class. They will most likely introduce all of the classroom conduct and learning environment issues that I want to touch upon that first day: peaks and valleys during the year, some rugged terrain, studying mountains and geography, some amazing views (everyone's opinions), and more. It will also get them thinking in analogies and allow me to see how quickly some of them do this and how literal others are. Thinking, PA, Grades: 5 - 10

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Virtual Space Tour - Imaginova

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2 to 9
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This narrated multimedia presentation features facts, diagrams, animations and the latest photographs of our solar system. The site includes fact sheets that are good for additional...more
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This narrated multimedia presentation features facts, diagrams, animations and the latest photographs of our solar system. The site includes fact sheets that are good for additional information for older students. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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

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There are some advertisements on the side. Warn your students to avoid them. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a space unit or lesson, using a projector or interactive whiteboard. Even your non-readers will be able to understand the information about the solar system through the audio narration. Don't forget speakers--or headphones if you want students to navigate on their own.
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Science Presentations - Jefferson County Schools

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K to 12
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This website truly has something for every science teacher. If you are teaching a new science topic or want to review an already introduced science concept - you must ...more
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This website truly has something for every science teacher. If you are teaching a new science topic or want to review an already introduced science concept - you must visit this website. This website provides free PowerPoint presentations on over 100+ science topics. There are presentations for grades K-5 and 6-12. If you do not have PowerPoint siftware, some of these presentations may not open, depending upon how the site-creators saved them.

tag(s): air (163), animals (276), matter (56), periodic table (50), plants (144), solar system (119), water (130)

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Try these ready-to-go PowerPoint presentations on an interactive whiteboard or projector in your classroom. Some may also be well-suited for individual students to run on a single classroom computer for remediation or review. There are games, resources and a lot of information.

The site includes a disclaimer asking to be notified if users find any unauthorized, copyrighted material. TeachersFirst recommends that you NOT download copies but instead use them online, just in case.

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World of Teaching

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K to 12
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This website provides numerous teacher-created PowerPoints. Some of the presentations are excellent, while others are just mediocre. The range of topics goes from astronomy, to history,...more
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This website provides numerous teacher-created PowerPoints. Some of the presentations are excellent, while others are just mediocre. The range of topics goes from astronomy, to history, to French and much, much more! There is something good here for every classroom. You MUST have PowerPoint software (not free) to be able to download and edit the shows.

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Use the small blue buttons to find your subject(s). This site is great for finding/sharing an interactive whiteboard activity or projected lesson. Since the PowerPoint shoes are editable, you may want to customize the shows you find. The grade equivalents are listed in the British system: KS1=ages 5-7; KS2=ages 7-11;KS3= ages 11-14;KS4= ages 14-16, A Level=ages 16-18.

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MSTE Online Resource Catalog - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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4 to 12
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MSTE stands for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education. This is a fabulous website that provides a wealth of interactive activities and printable lessons to use in your classes....more
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MSTE stands for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education. This is a fabulous website that provides a wealth of interactive activities and printable lessons to use in your classes. There are numerous math and science topics (including chemistry, measurement, probability, geometry, data analysis, physics, algebra and much, much more). Some parts of this site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Many of the interactives use Java Applets. These will run on most computers without additional software.

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), multiplication (227), probability (130), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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Many of these activities would work well with an interactive whiteboard. Read the desciptions of the interactives to see the specific curriculum topics. Many have step-by step lessons included. There is truly something for everyone.
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Space Poem Chain - Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency

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Cross over from science to literature by participating in the Space Poem Chain. This "chain" originates in Japan, where weekly submissions have been selected during the six months from...more
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Cross over from science to literature by participating in the Space Poem Chain. This "chain" originates in Japan, where weekly submissions have been selected during the six months from October 2006 to March 2007. Click on "concept" to read the background and details. The completed Space Poem Chain will be recorded on DVD and in late December 2007 sent up to the International Space Station in the Japanese Experimental Module Kibo. The project hopes to continue after this initial phase. The poem follows a traditional Japanese poetry form, but entries mat be submitted both in English and Japanese. See the full work, with beautiful space image backgrounds by clicking on "Space Poem Chain Gallery >Enter." The poem display requires FLASH and is sometimes slow to load.

tag(s): gifted (96), poetry (227), space (205)

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Share this site as a unique participatory poetry experience, even after the initial project publication. Perhaps your students would like to launch a poetry chain within your school or on a class wiki open to students around the world. Teachers in science, English, and even gifted program classes have a unique opportunity to awaken interest. Make creative writing an open experience-- one that may even appeal to the "rocket scientists" in your class.

When you first visit the site, you may be prompted to download a Japanese language plug-in. You will be able to READ the site without it, but the legibility improves dramatically if you are permitted to download plug-ins on your computer.
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Earth: Our World In Motion - National Museum of Natural History

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3 to 8
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This highly interactive website (created by the National Museum of Natural History) teaches students about the Earth. Topics include, "If Rocks Could Talk," "Plates on the Move," "Making...more
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This highly interactive website (created by the National Museum of Natural History) teaches students about the Earth. Topics include, "If Rocks Could Talk," "Plates on the Move," "Making Rocks," "Mysterious Planets," and more! There is also a link, "Stuff To Do" which provides activities to do away from the computer. Some of the interactive links require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): atmosphere (26), earth (228), rocks (49)

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Introduce the site and the "Big Idea" on a projector or interactive whiteboard, then assign students to choose one of the activities to complete. Share results with the class on an interactive whiteboard or projector as groups complete the activity. Include this link on your teacher web page for enrichment and at-home exploration. Students could also be assigned the "non-computer" activities for homework.
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Stellarium - Stellarium Open Source Software

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4 to 12
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Stellarium is a free, open source planetarium software for your computer. You must download the software and install it on your computer to create a planetarium-like experience right...more
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Stellarium is a free, open source planetarium software for your computer. You must download the software and install it on your computer to create a planetarium-like experience right in your classroom. (Open source software is free to allow software developers to collaborate and improve on the products.) The download and install are not difficult, but you should ask someone for help if you are uncomfortable.

tag(s): planets (123), space (205), stars (61)

In the Classroom

You may need tech support to help you install the program on a school computer. There is an extensive wiki (user-contribution help section) to answer your questions about using Stellarium.

Try it on a projector in your classroom or even on an interactive whiteboard where students can draw and highlight items "in space." When you find successful strategies for using the software, be sure to participate in the wiki to share them. Or contact TeachersFirst to let us know more about ways to use Stellarium, so we can share them with other teachers!

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Journey North Mystery Class - Journey North

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2 to 9
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Teach about the earth and seasonal change as you solve a real mystery. This unique international "hide and seek" activity is interactive, easy to use, and free! The challenge ...more
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Teach about the earth and seasonal change as you solve a real mystery. This unique international "hide and seek" activity is interactive, easy to use, and free! The challenge begins the last week of January and continues throughout May. Each week, students are given a clue to try to locate a "Mystery Class" from somewhere around the world. All clues are seasonal and some include sunrise and sunset times. The site includes standards in science, math and geography. The site provides lesson plans, interactive activities, video clips and more. Registration is free for this 11-week adventure or you can use the resources at the website with no registration necessary. Flash is required for some of the activities.

tag(s): data (148), seasons (37), sun (71), time (144), time zones (8)

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Make this "hide and seek" adventure a weekly highlight in your social studies or science class. It is ideal if you are studying geography or seasons. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to make this a class activity, but be sure to include the link on your teacher web page for students to share at home. Be sure to check out the Teacher info and "Resources and Activities" page to find lesson plans, interactive games, standards and more.
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Black Holes: Gravity's Relentless Pull - Space Telescope Science Institute

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6 to 12
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Journey through space using the interactive "Journey to a Black Hole," complete with draggable tools and accompanying sound effects. You and your students will learn about the science...more
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Journey through space using the interactive "Journey to a Black Hole," complete with draggable tools and accompanying sound effects. You and your students will learn about the science of black holes through this tour, a comprehensive black hole encyclopedia, and many interactive questions and experiments about black holes.

tag(s): gravity (45), space (205)

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Teachers will want to check out the Content Overview while planning your lessons. Then fire up a projector or interactive whiteboard to introduce the site and the topic. After that, this site is ideal for students to explore on laptops or in a lab as they seek answers to questions and build understanding about this intriguing space topic. The interactives actually allow them to "collect data" as a real scientist would. Make sure Flash is working on student machines!
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The Space Shuttle Mission Profile - Jim Cornish, Gander Academy

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3 to 7
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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 (205)

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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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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 (125), nasa (39), space (205)

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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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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 (68)

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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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