NASA Wavelength is a collection of resources that incorporate NASA content and have been subject to peer review. You can search this collection using key words and/or the drop down menus to pinpoint resources to use with your audience of learners.
Getting a Feel for Rotation Curves
This activity is a kinesthetic exercise for students to experience rotation curves for themselves. The students are divided into two groups; one group will participate in the activity, while the other observes. The groups should switch for different parts of the activity.
Earth and space science, Astronomy, Stars, nebulae and galaxies, Physical sciences, Motion and forces
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, Grades 3-5, 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
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, Grades 6-8, Middle school, High school
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.
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, Grades 3-5, Middle school
Earth and space science, Solar system, The sun, Solar physics, Mathematics, Data collection, analysis and probability
Students work in groups to investigate one of the following factors driving climate change: greenhouse gases, sea level rise and melting sea ice. The investigation involves conducting an experiment, connecting to real-world data and presenting a poster summary of their findings.
Carbon dioxide, Sea level, Sea ice, Land ice, Global temperatures
Earth and space science, Earth processes, Climate, Mathematics, Data collection, analysis and probability, Mathematics, Measurement, The nature of science, The scientific process