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Star Witness News: Lunar Double Whammy: Two Spacecraft Crash into Moon in Hunt for Water

This science news story explains how NASA crashed a spacecraft and its booster rocket into the Moon in search of water. The spacecraft, called the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), was launched in June 2009 along with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

What is Global Warming?

This textbook chapter presents evidence of a warming climate and outlines how a clear picture of global warming has emerged since the 1980s.

Design Challenge - Deploying the Satellites' Antennae

This is an activity about using models to solve a problem.

Adding the Moon: Using a Classroom Model to Explore the Movement of the Sun, Earth, and Moon

This is an activity about the motion of the Sun, Earth and Moon, specifically rotation and revolution. After identifying what they already know about the Sun, Earth and Moon, learners will observe and manipulate a styrofoam ball model of the Sun, Earth, and Moon system.

Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?

In this science-based storybook, children learn that clouds have different names based on their appearance and position in the atmospheric column. Contrails, or condensation trails, are also discussed.

KWL-Mars

Learners will create a KWL chart (What I "know" about Mars, What I "want" to know about Mars, What I have "learned" about Mars) that can be revisited to assess the group's learning. This is lesson 2 of 16 in the MarsBots learning module.

Ocean Motion

This website provides an overview of ocean surface circulation. Satellite and model data allows high school students to investigate circulation patterns, navigation, associated weather and climate, natural hazards and marine resources.

ClimateBits: Solar Radiation

This brief (1:37) video explains the essential Earth science concept of solar radiation - the source of most energy on Earth. ClimateBits videos are designed for Science On a Sphere (SOS) and also available on YouTube.

Earth's Atmosphere

This problem set is about the methods scientists use to compare the abundance of the different elements in Earth's atmosphere. Answer key is provided. This is part of Earth Math: A Brief Mathematical Guide to Earth Science and Climate Change.

Nitrogen: The Effects from Properties vs. Amount

This is a lesson where learners explore the benefits of an inert gas (nitrogen) to life. The lesson models scientific inquiry using the 5E instructional model and includes teacher notes, prerequisite concepts, common misconceptions, student journal and reading.

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