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Insect Mouth Parts

This is a series of classroom activities that teach students about the diversity of structure within the insect world and how those structures affect insect behavior. Students observe, compare, and describe -- both verbally and in writing -- how different insects are able to eat different types of foods and thus live in diverse environments where those foods are found. Students learn that closer inspection of small living things like insects reveals significant clues to diet and habitat. ...     View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Science, Insects, Insect Morphology

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Learn what scientists think aliens might look like (microbes), then eat a microbial meal.   View Details »

Key Concepts: microbes, Yellowstone, extremophiles, biology, space, astrobiology


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Learn why NASA is studying Yellowstone then test your knowledge by answering whether statements are facts or opinions.    View Details »

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Yellowstone ABCs
This three-part lesson ties together the concepts of pH, Yellowstone extremophiles, and the search for life beyond the Earth. In part one, students conduct a laboratory activity in which they test several substances to determine pH. In part 2,...   View Details »

Key Concepts: pH, Yellowstone, extremophiles, life beyond Earth, astrobiology