Exploring the Solar Wind and Coronal Mass Ejections
This is an activity about the solar activity cycle. Learners will construct a graph to identify a pattern of the number of observed sunspots and the number of coronal mass ejections emitted by the Sun over a fifteen year time span.
Elementary school, Upper elementary, Grade 5, Middle school
Earth and space science, Solar system, The sun, Solar physics, Mathematics, Data collection, analysis and probability
Motion of the Sun and Earth: Using a Playground Model to Explore Rotation and Revolution
This is an activity about the rotation of the Earth and Sun, and the Earth's revolution around the Sun. In chalk, learners will draw the Sun-Earth system, complete with Earth's orbit, and then act out the rotation and revolution of a yearly cycle.
In this activity, students learn that light carries information. Students also discover that infrared (IR) radiation is a form of light that in some cases behaves like visible light and in other cases behaves very differently.
Invisible light, NSTA2013
Middle school, Grade 7, Middle school, Grade 8, High school
This is an activity about constellations. Learners will create a simple star finder using basic materials and learn to use it to be able to identify constellations in the night sky for various dates and times.
In this activity, student teams explore connections between parts of the Earth system, by examining a time series of environmental data maps.
Insolation, Surface temperature, Cloud fraction, Precipitation, Aerosols, Global data images
Elementary school, Upper elementary, Grade 5, Middle school, High school
Earth and space science, Earth processes, Earth's energy budget, Earth and space science, Earth structure, Biosphere, Engineering and technology, Image processing and visualization, The nature of science, The scientific process