Nasa Wavelength

Active Accretion

Learners dynamically dynamically model the growth of asteroids from specks of matter. Similar to tag, the children run around, have fun, and burn off energy. Different from tag, there is science involved! The end of activity debriefing discusses strengths and limits of the model.

Teaching Text Structure with "Understanding the Scale of the Universe"

This is a reading strategy guide in a series of guides that utilizes articles from the Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) program.

Comparing Comets

In this lesson, learners will use images to observe and compare the surfaces of two comet nuclei from close range. Separate teachers guides and students guides are provided.

How Cosmic Rays Affect Humans

In this lesson about cosmic rays, students will describe why cosmic rays are dangerous to astronauts. Includes information about student preconceptions. This is activity 3 of 4 from The Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER).

MY NASA DATA: 1492 - Using Data to Explain a Journey

In this data analysis activity, students plot ocean currents and wind patterns from the past 10 years and compare them to the documented navigation routes taken by Christopher Columbus.

What Causes Thunderstorms and Tornadoes?

This textbook chapter describes how the Earth is unevenly heated by the Sun, and the role this plays in determining the Earth’s seasons, global winds, and weather events such as storms and tornados.

SOFIA Lithograph

This lithograph contains a photograph of the airborne observatory in flight and provides reference information regarding SOFIA's Mission, the telescope, and observatory operations.

Exploring the Earth as a Magnet

This is an activity about Earth's magnetosphere. Learners will use a magnet, simulating Earth's protective magnetosphere, and observe what occurs when iron filings, simulating the solar wind, blow past and encounter the magnet's field.

What is a Planet? Video

This classic video explains the history, debate and continuing discussion of the definition of a planet.

Connect the Spheres: Earth System Interactions

After making observations of their natural surroundings, students uncover the intricate relationships between the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere. This introductory lesson uses the 5E instructional model.