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This is a place for teachers to collect resources they will use to teach this unit. Click here for to see the lesson plan. www.graphite.org Creative Ways to Analyze and Explain Predictable Patterns in the Solar System
This is the task library for students to use to collect their own resources during this unit. www.thinglink.com TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink
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. www.graphite.org Long-standing citizen science site continues to inspire learners
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. www.graphite.org NASA: Solar System Exploration Educator Review | Common Sense Education
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. www.graphite.org Exciting astronomy resource brightens learning in the classroom
Article from Newsela: Asteroids Play Hide and Seek in Space newsela.com 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. www.graphite.org Britannica Kids: Solar System Educator Review | Common Sense Education
Tour of the Moon www.pbslearningmedia.org 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 rmpbs.pbslearningmedia.org PBS LearningMedia for for
Article from Newsela highlighted with notes using skitch. accounts.google.com Asteroids_play_hide_and_seek_in_space.png
Newsela article: Balloon Experiment Launched Toward the Stars newsela.com Earth to Sky Calculus, a teen science group, performs long-running projects with a twist — part astronomy, part backcountry adventure — in the Sierra Nevada.
Newsela article: Ceres, an Icy Little World, Let's Off Some Steam newsela.com 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.com Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that supercharges reading engagement and learning in every subject.
Newsela article: An Exciting Discovery Deep in Space newsela.com 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 newsela.com 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.com Of the new planets scientists found, four are at the right distance from their stars to support life as we know it.
Newsela article: Was there life on Mars? A Tiny Mineral Might Have the Answer newsela.com 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 newsela.com 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 newsela.com For hundreds of years, humans have looked to the sky and wondered: Are we alone? Could there be life on other planets? As far we know, only Earth has living people, animals and plants.
Lunar Eclipse from the Poerty Farm www.poemfarm.amylv.com 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 www.flocabulary.com Elementary Science Lesson Plan - The Phases of the Moon - Flocabulary