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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 (75), solar system (121)

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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 (6), gravity (50), moon (75), renaissance (32), solar system (121)

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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.

tag(s): stars (69)

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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.

tag(s): experiments (68)

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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.

tag(s): museums (46)

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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 (131), solar system (121), sun (69)

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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.

tag(s): stars (69)

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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 (88), mass (25), optics (13)

In the Classroom

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 (75), planets (131), solar system (121)

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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 (226)

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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.

tag(s): nasa (37), stars (69)

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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 (46), biomes (139), chemicals (45), computers (101), cultures (108), earth (222), engineering (132), environment (321), fractions (229), geometric shapes (169), numbers (194), origami (15), planets (131), robotics (27), space (226), symmetry (50)

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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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The Mir Spacecraft - Terror in Space - PBS

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The Russian Mir space station is how history, but this site from the PBS NOVA series provides a nice overview of the first permanent space station and how it fell ...more
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The Russian Mir space station is how history, but this site from the PBS NOVA series provides a nice overview of the first permanent space station and how it fell victim to the changes in Russia's economy and politics. Great images and interviews, too.

tag(s): space (226)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on space exploration. The activity can be very time consuming if inclusive of everything on the site - to be more efficient pre-select which sections you want students to explore. To guide students along the site we recommend using a graphic organizer. For help finding easy to make or pre-prepared organizers, we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, reviewed here.

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ISS Virtual Tour - NASA

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This is NASA's virtual reality tour of the space station. Visit the different sections of the space station beginning with the Russian section (Zarya and Zvezda) and proceeding through...more
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This is NASA's virtual reality tour of the space station. Visit the different sections of the space station beginning with the Russian section (Zarya and Zvezda) and proceeding through each section. Your students will master the quirky controls more quickly than you do, and it's a great exploration.

tag(s): space (226)

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Introduce this activity with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard to show students how to navigate the site. Then, in your flipped or blended classroom (or at a computer center), have students explore on their own. Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on space. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an interactive infographic using Canva, reviewed here.

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Real-time Tracking - NASA

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NASA's real-time data site lets you see where and when you can spot the space station with the naked eye. Find "View From the ISS" and click "more photos" under ...more
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NASA's real-time data site lets you see where and when you can spot the space station with the naked eye. Find "View From the ISS" and click "more photos" under that to explore more images taken from the space station. You will need to click on the icon for the image to see a larger version with an explanation.

tag(s): space (226)

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Before Introducing this sight, look through the photos and choose several that lend themselves to further student exploration, i.e. "cubesats." Then, introduce the site to your class as a whole with your projection system. Show student pairs the images to look at and then have them research more about the topic. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Use Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Once students have gathered all their information, images, and videos challenge pairs to create a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here. With Book Creator, students can combine their books later as a class book.

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Imagine the Universe! - NASA

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This is an updated version of a site on the stars and galaxies that's been around for a while. The presentation is keyed to applicable national and state standards (primarily ...more
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This is an updated version of a site on the stars and galaxies that's been around for a while. The presentation is keyed to applicable national and state standards (primarily Virginia and Maryland). The presentations include an unusually complete set of lessons in astronomy and mathematics.

tag(s): stars (69)

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Introduce the universe and its galaxies with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the detailed astronomy and math lessons for students who have finished assignments and for gifted students.

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Images from Nasa - NASA

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This is a nicely indexed, searchable collection of NASA photos whose topics range from aeronautics to space, the planets, and beyond. Most are copyright-free, since they were created...more
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This is a nicely indexed, searchable collection of NASA photos whose topics range from aeronautics to space, the planets, and beyond. Most are copyright-free, since they were created for government use. While some image sizes are quite large, this could be a wonderful resource for creating web projects, student use, or other space and astronomy applications.

tag(s): air (145), images (284), space (226)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the topic of Solar Flares, or another outer space related topic. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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Hubble Space Telescope Site

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This site is the home page for the Hubble space telescope. In addition to a collection of fabulous photographs, the site offers descriptions of the Hubble's various missions (see the...more
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This site is the home page for the Hubble space telescope. In addition to a collection of fabulous photographs, the site offers descriptions of the Hubble's various missions (see the menu at the bottom of the page) and the information it has collected since an in-flight repair several years ago restored its "eyesight." Well worth a visit, especially for the images.

tag(s): telescopes (10)

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Save this site as a favorite on classroom computers, for use during a unit on space exploration. Begin the unit by introducing the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before allowing students to explore it on their own. Have students create an online infographic to share using Visme, reviewed here, to show what they have learned.

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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.

tag(s): galileo (6)

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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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