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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 (68)

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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 (149), images (279), 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 an educator's 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...more
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This site is an educator's 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 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 graphic to share using Tabblo 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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From Stargazers to Starships - NASA

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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.

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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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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.

tag(s): space (226), telescopes (10)

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Introduce each of the kinds of space telescopes on your interactive whiteboard or with projector by reading the section titled Purpose and Discoveries. Consider using Wordie,, reviewed here, or Academic Word Finder, reviewed here, to introduce difficult portions of text before reading. Once you've introduced the space telescope, allow pairs to complete the activity.

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Live from Earth and Mars Educational Modules - University of Washington

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This site from the University of Washington includes lesson plans and projects for students relating to meteorology and space science. ...more
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This site from the University of Washington includes lesson plans and projects for students relating to meteorology and space science.

tag(s): air (149), mars (40), soil (19), space (226), water (134), weather (202)

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There are several Modules here to choose from. Select a few for small groups in your class to explore. As student explore, have them take notes with an online tool like Simplenote, reviewed here, have them share the info they learned with their small group. Tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Make sure students compare notes and fill in their own with important information they may have missed. Simple note allows you to access and update across all devices. Take this a step further and challenge students to share their learning with the rest of their classmates and create a multimedia presentation using Sway, reviewed here. Sway offers tools to easily create professsional looking presentations, brochures, interactive posters, and newsletters. These can include images, videos, and more.

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Astrophysics Lesson Plans - NASA

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Created by the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center which is located within the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics (LHEA) at NASA/GSFC. This is an incredible...more
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Created by the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center which is located within the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics (LHEA) at NASA/GSFC. This is an incredible site. It gives easy to read tables of previously taught background necessary for the students to successfully complete the experiments, necessary materials (for both teacher and students), copy ready data tables, and lesson plans. There is also a list of featured programs (with and without curriculum).

tag(s): gravity (49), space (226), stars (68)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans for any unit on astrophysics. Search the site to find the appropriate lesson tools, and bring them up on an interactive whiteboard or projector. A lot of the activities can be used for a class activity, or you could also break students up into cooperative learning groups and have them complete them separately. Make sure to post this site on your teacher web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom for review. Challenge small groups of students to create and interactive infographic using a too such as Visme, reviewed here, about what they are learning and what they are still questioning. Challenge cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a tool such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here.

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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.

tag(s): space (226)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans for any unit on astronomy. Search the site to find the appropriate lesson tools, and bring them up on an interactive whiteboard or projector. A lot of the activities can be used for a class activity, or you could also break students up into cooperative learning groups and have them complete them separately. Make sure to post this site on your teacher web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom for review. Challenge cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here.

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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 (121), space (226)

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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 (121)

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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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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 (149), space (226)

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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 (226)

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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 (226)

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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 (226)

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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.

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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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