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.
Motion of the Sun and Earth: Using a Classroom Model to Explore Rotation and Revolution
This is an activity about the motion of the Sun and the Earth, specifically rotation and revolution. After identifying what they already know about the Sun, learners will observe and manipulate a styrofoam ball model of the Sun and Earth.
Students will use remotely sensed images and topographic maps to classify land cover types in their watershed. A field trip to specific sites will allow the students to ground truth cover types found on the remotely sensed images and extrapolate that information to other sites not visited.
Middle school, Middle school, Grades 6-8, Middle school, High school
Earth and space science, Earth structure, Landforms/geography, Earth and space science, Earth structure, Ocean and water, Earth and space science, Earth structure, Vegetation/land cover, Engineering and technology, Image processing and visualization, Engineering and technology, Remote sensing
Learners will read about and discuss the colors of the day- and night-time skies. They may sing the Top-down Black and Blues, a song about the sky; or they may write a poem, essay, or song about the bluest sky or blackest night they have ever experienced.
Earth and space science, Earth, moon and sun, Days, Physical sciences, Light and optics
How Does Remote Sensing Help Us to Observe Human Activities on Earth?
The human activity featured in this investigation is the choice of settlement sites. Beginning with an analysis of the location of their own town, students consider the negative and positive aspects of both natural and human made features.
Elementary school, Grades 3-5, Middle school
Earth and space science, Earth structure, Landforms/geography, Engineering and technology, Image processing and visualization, Engineering and technology, Aircraft, probes, satellites and/or spacecraft, Engineering and technology, Remote sensing
This series of 28 captioned images depict some the positive and some of the negative influences on the global carbon cycle, including industrial pollution, deforestation, waste disposal, transportation, and recycling.
Informal education, Elementary school programming, Informal education, Middle school programming, Informal education, Youth public
Earth and space science, Earth processes, Geochemical cycles, The nature of science, Science and society
In this guided research investigation, students investigate the process of science and build media literacy by studying the public debate about climate change. Students compare media articles from 1989-2010, and observe that statements differ according to the source and publication date.
Earth and space science, Earth processes, Climate, The nature of science, Science and society
Mission Possible-How Can we Plan an Exploration of Another World?
The goal of this lesson is for students to understand how to plan a mission to another world in the solar system. They begin by discussing the path of a spacecraft traveling between planets, examining the journey from the Earth to Mars as an example.
This is an activity about how light travels. Learners will perform two experiments. The first explores blocking light to create shadows. The second asks learners to use mirrors to figure out that light travels in a straight line. This is Activity 4 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum.
In this activity, students explore the idea of classifying objects. They start by giving examples of objects that can be classified in everyday life and in science. They then characterize and classify a set of galaxies using their own scheme, and using Hubble's classification scheme.
Earth and space science, Astronomy, Stars, nebulae and galaxies