NASA Wavelength Resources Collection

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.
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Observing Visibility and Sky Color

Students become aware of the changes in visibility and sky color due to particles suspended in the air, called aerosols.

Resolution Matters

This is an activity about image resolution. Learners will recreate a solar image taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) using various sizes of building bricks, and discuss how their recreations relate to image resolution.

The Cause of the Earth's Seasons

This lesson attempts to correct the common misconception that the Earth is closer to the Sun during the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Proceeding from student preconceptions, small groups participate in an exploration of the cause of the seasons using a basketball, small globes and a lamp.

Earth's Carbon Metabolism-Revealed

In this problem set, learners will use a map of satellite data of Earth's carbon "metabolism" or Net Primary Production to answer a series of questions about carbon removal. Answer key is provided.

SciJinks: Bookmarks

These PDFs can be printed and cut out to create informational bookmarks on the GOES satellites, including one with a GOES image of Hurricane Katrina. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators.

Wondering about Saturn: A Short History

In this lesson, learners will listen to a read-aloud of the history of Saturn discoveries. Next, they learn two reading comprehension strategies (visualizing and wondering) that they can use to become more powerful readers of nonfiction text.

Reaping Rocks

This is an activity about collecting, describing and classifying terrestrial and lunar rocks. Learners will collect and describe rocks of varying texture, color and shapes. Descriptors will include color, presence or absence of grains and grain size, textures, banding and other patterns.

To Seek or Not to Seek?

In this introductory activity, students are introduced to the fundamental tools of scientific inquiry: observing, identifying changes, perspectives and patterns. Materials needed include student journals, pencils, crayons, plastic sample bags, microscopes, scales and rulers.

Solar Week Monday: Do the Activity - Measuring Solar Activity

This is an online lesson associated with activities during Solar Week, a twice-yearly event in March and October during which classrooms are able to interact with scientists studying the Sun.

Mapping Magnetic Field Lines

This is an activity about electromagnetism. Learners will use a compass to map the magnetic field lines surrounding a coil of wire that is connected to a battery.

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