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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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Key Concepts: astronaut, space, moon


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Learn the definition of science and then test your knowledge about the difference between facts and opinions.    View Details »

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


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Learn about where scientists think we should look for aliens and then design your own.    View Details »

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


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


Would Mars be a good place to visit?
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Key Concepts: astronaut, space, Mars, astrobiology, extremophiles, microbes


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