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.
Our Solar System 2013: Solar System Lithograph Set
This is a lithograph set about the solar system. It contains images of the planets, the sun, asteroids, comets, meteors and meteorites, the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud, and moons of the solar system.
Students will learn about how human activity impacts Earth's climate through reading a NASA press release and viewing a NASA eClips™ video segment. Then students will examine simple mathematical models that predict changes in the Earth system in response to human activity.
Middle school, Grades 6-8
Earth and space science, Earth processes, Climate, Mathematics, Algebra
In this activity, learners work in teams to assess environmental conditions, resources, and scientific relevance of different locations on the Moon using data collected from previous lunar missions. Each team selects the site they believe has the best potential for a future lunar outpost.
Informal education, Elementary school programming, Informal education, Middle school programming
Earth and space science, Solar system, The moon
This is a lesson about the variety of careers in space exploration. Learners will examine the want ads and discuss the types of jobs advertised, brainstorm ideas for careers of the future, and then write want-ads for a future paper. This is lesson 16 of 16 in the MarsBots learning module.
Elementary school, Grades 3-5, Elementary school
The nature of science, The nature of technology
What's Up in the Atmosphere? Exploring Colors in the Sky
In this science-based storybook, students Anita, Simon, and Dennis want to know why the sky isn't always blue. They learn that there's a lot more than air in the atmosphere, which can affect the colors we see in the sky. Four activities accompany the book.
Aerosols, Earth system science, Reading, Graphic novel
Earth and space science, Earth structure, Atmosphere, Physical sciences, Energy, Physical sciences, Light and optics, The nature of science, The scientific process
This is an activity about seasons. Learners will analyze monthly temperature data from various cities around the globe in order to dispel the misconception that the distance between Earth and Sun may be responsible for the seasons.
Middle school, Grades 6-8, Middle school, Middle school
Earth and space science, Earth, moon and sun, Seasons
This video previews the capabilities of the GOES-R satellite, launching in 2015. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles, videos, images, and games.
Middle school, Informal education, Middle school programming, Informal education, Youth public
Earth and space science, Earth processes, Weather
Learners will explore aspects of the Sun and solar activity by modeling them as solar cupcakes. Information and imagery are supplied to learn about the Sun, solar activity, eclipses, transits, observing the Sun, and the color of the Sun at different times of the day.
Informal education, Elementary school programming, Informal education, Middle school programming, Informal education, General public, Informal education, Youth public, Informal education, Families, Informal education, Parents/caregivers
Earth and space science, Earth, moon and sun, Eclipses, Earth and space science, Solar system, The sun
A short slide set focusing on the Kepler Mission’s exoplanet discoveries. Each slide includes informative text and related images. This is one in a series of short topical presentations on new developments from NASA astrophysics missions.
This is an activity about using models to solve a problem. Learners will build four models of the MMS satellites using fabrication software. Their designs will based upon observations and data collected through prior activities (in the educator's guide).