NEW 2015 RESOURCES
Instructional Materials in Astronomy
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information
and/or other links related to Astronomy. Please read our
AskERIC Lesson Plans - Science: Space Science
- Over 25 lesson plans covering various grade ranges in K-12.
- Over 10 ready-made astronomy lesson plans for teachers of grades kindergarten
through high school. The lessons utilized materials that are found in almost
- Over 25 lessons plans, organized by grade level, from the Southeastern
Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition.
with a Stick
- Teaching activities for elementary and middle school students intended
to help them understand how the relationships between the Sun and the Earth
affect changes in daylight hours. The site has three teaching units, each
made up of several student activities that can be conducted during daylight
- A lesson plan for teaching students a practical technique for counting
System Science Community (ESSC)
- ESSC is an ongoing NASA funded project with the goal of building an on-line
Earth Science curriculum so that teachers and students can investigate the
Earth system quickly, easily, and inexpensively. Visit this site for more
information about the project as well for the curricula that have been completed.
Lesson Collection: Astronomy
- Select "Science" and then "Astronomy" on their Lesson Collection Page to
find about a dozen lesson plans in this subject.
Planets in the Classroom
- More than 25 hands-on science activities are provided in classroom-ready
pages for both teachers and students for exploring Earth, the planets, geology,
and space sciences.
- Each month, IBM provides a new set of Internet activities focused around
a specific theme for a targeted range of grade levels. A number of astronomy
units are available. A teacher's guide is included for each topic.
Life in the Universe Curriculum Sample Lessons
- These SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) lessons take advantage
of the intense interest that young students have in the existence of extraterrestrial
life to motivate their studies of science and other subjects.
NASA Rocket Classroom Activities
- Activities using simple and inexpensive materials that can be used within
a science unit about rockets.
York Times Learning Network
- A variety of Astronomy lesson plans for students in grades 6-12 which use
a New York Times article as a starting point.
- This site has two distinct sets of instructional materials that teachers
will find useful. From their main menu, click on "Lesson Plans" for over 50
such resources, many of which can be used within a multidisciplinary approach.
Or, click "In the Classroom" for ideas and examples of what other teachers
are doing to bring astronomy into the technology classroom.
for the Red Planet
- An outline of a 6-8 week course for grade 4-6 students that includes teacher
guides, student assignments and experiments, and recommended web resources.
The theme of the unit is planning a Mars colony.
and Astronomy for Kids: Build an Astronomy Model
- A page of links to sites on the web that have plans for various types of
spacecraft models from About.com.
[The] Sun: Power Plant of the Solar System
- This module from the New Jersey Networking Infrastructure in Education
Project introduces students to the Sun and its interaction with the Earth.
As part of the unit, students use real time data supplied by the Internet
to confirm scientists' findings or to come up with their own conclusions.
Berkeley Centre forEUV Astrophysics Education Program
- The main attraction in this site for the classroom teacher will be the
lesson plans and K12 activities on Earth and Space Science that have been
collected. Topics covered by the lessons include: The Electromagnetic Spectrum,
Satellite Communications, Satellite Dishes, Constellations and the Zodiac,
Solar System Objects, Earthquakes, and More!
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