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Finding Phases of the Moon

This is a lesson on lunar phases that teaches students about planetary movements and how the relative positions of the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon determine how we see the Moon. Students observe and record daily the changing shape of the Moon for two weeks. In the classroom, students then use modeling experiments to explain the various lunar phases they observed earlier. Group discussions, along with individual drawings and journal entries, encourage students to clearly describe their...     View Details »

Key Concepts: Planetary Science, Revolution & Rotation, Lunar Phases

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Astrobiology Short Course (full curriculum)
This interactive course is designed to give you an introduction to Astrobiology that you can work through at your own pace and return to at any time. Designed for upper elementary and middle school teachers, this course also contains relevant...   View Details »

Key Concepts: astrobiology, life, DNA, evolution, solar system


Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Universe (overview lecture)
How does life begin and evolve? Does life exist elsewhere in the Universe? Join Montana State University professor John Peters as he examines these questions and explains the search for life in the universe. Peters is director of the NASA...   View Details »

Key Concepts: astrobiology, astronomy, space, biology, NASA


Astronauts and Aliens: Aliens Party
Yellowstone hot springs and aliens: what's the connection? Come to the alien party at your local library and find out. Come face-to-face with some Sea Monkeys and learn about their travels in space. Make some Shrinky Dinks, hear a fun alien story,...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Yellowstone, hot springs, aliens, sea monkeys, astrobiologists


Astronauts and Aliens: Family Star Gazing Night
Learn more about our solar system and the stars you see at night at a family star viewing party. Gaze at the stars through a telescope, learn a few constellations, and make your own portable guide to the night sky. Discover what stars and planets...   View Details »

Key Concepts: stars, solar system, constellations, planets, astronomy calendar


Astronauts and Aliens: Sun Party
The Sun helps keep us alive. It is our nearest star and it provides us with warmth and energy. Come learn more about our star and make a bracelet or key chain that changes color in the Sun's light. Create your own solar clock, view photos of the Sun...   View Details »

Key Concepts: sun, solar clock


Astronauts and Aliens:Astronauts Party
Have you ever thought about being an astronaut? Come learn more about how to become an astronaut and what life is like in space. View photos of Mars in 3-D, make a rocket, try on some moon shoes, and taste some astronaut food. You'll find out if...   View Details »

Key Concepts: astronaut, life, space, rocket, moon shoes


Buckets of Planets
In this activity, children analyze descriptions of planets and decide which one is most likely to support life. They then search for microbial life by digging through buckets representing the planets. This can be a short demo or a longer in-depth...   View Details »

Key Concepts: microbes, astrobiology


Drake Equation
Students estimate the number of intelligent civilizations in our Milky Way by using observations and predictions based on NASA data. Grades 6-12.   View Details »

Key Concepts: estimate, NASA, Drake equation


Extreme Yellowstone Expedition (full curriculum)
Extreme Yellowstone Expedition (EYE) is a series of activities and lesson plans for middle schools geared to the Next Generation Science Standards and focusing on astrobiology and Yellowstone National Park. Based on an actual scientific expedition...   View Details »

Key Concepts: yellowstone national park, astrobiology, expedition


Finding Phases of the Moon
This is a lesson on lunar phases that teaches students about planetary movements and how the relative positions of the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon determine how we see the Moon. Students observe and record daily the changing shape of the Moon for...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Planetary Science, Revolution & Rotation, Lunar Phases