This is a place for teachers to collect resources they will use to teach this unit. Click here for to see the lesson plan. Creative Ways to Analyze and Explain Predictable Patterns in the Solar System
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Pros: Journey North moves beyond other citizen science websites because it helps kids do more than just upload pictures -- they actually get to ask questions and form conclusions. Cons: Without a teacher dashboard, teachers can't track progress of their class online. Bottom Line: Extensive resources can help kids collect, share, and analyze evidence about seasonal change. Journey North Review for Teachers | Common Sense Education
Pros: Flashy website is eye-catching, with extensive info on the solar system, vivid images, and interactive multimedia. Cons: The volume of information on each page can seem overwhelming, as can navigating the kids' area. Some features are not compatible with all browsers. Bottom Line: This NASA product provides extensive resources about astronomy, space technology, and space history, but navigating the site to find specific resources takes patience. NASA: Solar System Exploration
Pros: Great hands-on activities, gorgeous images, videos, and a sun observatory are all in one convenient location. Cons: Kids don't have an opportunity to assess what they learn. Bottom Line: Excellent, free reference tool inspires and teaches kids about the sun. DIY Sun Science Review for Teachers | Common Sense Education
Article from Newsela: Asteroids Play Hide and Seek in Space Everyone can be a space scientist by helping NASA find new ways to track killer asteroids before they get too close to Earth.
Pros: Lots of information, engaging games, and gorgeous graphics are likely to get kids interested. Cons: Missed opportunity to challenge kids with activities that promote critical thinking. Bottom Line: Britannica Kids: Solar System is a good reference tool for supplementing a solar system unit. Britannica Kids: Solar System
Tour of the Moon Take a tour of the Moon's surface features in this video from NASA. Images and topographic maps show craters, rocks, mountains, basins, and valleys, including the Orientale basin, Shackleton crater, South Pole-Aitken basin, Tycho crater, Aristarchus plateau, Mare Serenitatis, Compton-Belkovich volcano, Jackson crater, and Tsiolkovsky crater. False colors indicate elevation: blue areas are lowest and red areas are highest. Satellite images and measurements from missions such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter improve scientific understanding of how Earth's moon and other rocky planets in the solar system evolved.
PBS Learning Media resources: Earth in the Universe PBS Learning Media Home Page
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Newsela article: Balloon Experiment Launched Toward the Stars Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that supercharges reading engagement and learning in every subject.
Newsela article: Ceres, an Icy Little World, Let's Off Some Steam But why? That is one of many questions surrounding this dwarf planet (or big asteroid). NASA's Dawn mission may help scientists come up with some answers.
Newsela article: Scientists Watch the Jade Rabbit on the Moon Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that supercharges reading engagement and learning in every subject.
Newsela article: An Exciting Discovery Deep in Space For the first time, scientists have found a planet that is like Earth. It's called Kepler-186f.
Newsela article: A 360-Degree View of the Milky Way Opens Doors for Scientific Discovery With the GLIMPSE360, scientists can watch stars being born and learn more about how they are formed.
Newsela article: NASA's Space Telescope Finds Strange and Wonderful Worlds Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that supercharges reading engagement and learning in every subject.
Newsela article: Was there life on Mars? A Tiny Mineral Might Have the Answer Scientists sometimes don't agree on how old a Martian meteorite is. Estimates can vary by 4 billion years. One group studied a tiny mineral inside a meteorite to determine its age.
Newsela article: NASA plans to go Asteroid Hunting U.S. space agency plans to design a ship to capture an asteroid and bring it near our moon for study.
Newsela article: NASA finds 3 new planets where life could exist For hundreds of years, human beings have speculated about whether there may be other forms of life somewhere out in the universe.
Lunar Eclipse from the Poerty Farm Poetry and lessons for children of all ages by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater for classrooms or homeschools to teach literacy and writing workshop instruction
Phases of the moon song Moon Phases - Elementary Science Lesson Plan - The Phases of the Moon - Flocabulary

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