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Your students will take a voyage of discovery to the outer Solar System; the realm of giant planets, beautiful rings, and exotic moons. An assortment of standards-based lesson plans and classroom activities about the Solar System; intended for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Grades 6-8

Kinesthetic Astronomy
These lessons are science-rich and fun. They are intended for sixth graders up through adult learners in both formal and informal educational settings. They emphasize astronomical concepts and phenomenon that people can readily encounter in their “everyday” lives such as time, seasons, and sky motions of the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets. Lessons plans are fully aligned with national science education standards, both in content and instructional practice. They offer a complete learning cycle with written assessment opportunities now embedded throughout the lesson.
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Solar System Puzzle Kit
Students color and build and eight-cube paper puzzle of the Solar System that includes interesting facts about the planets and other bodies within the Solar System
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Exploring the Structure of the Universe
Get the basics across with this context-setting, simple one-pager – excellent as a pre or post exhibit activity.
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Grades 9-12

Planetary Billiards
Using steel balls and magnets, students gain an understanding of how gravity is used to modify the trajectory of spacecrafts.
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