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Learners will use the inquiry process to explore the affect of atmosphere on the temperature of a planet. They create a model of the system to test. They then create a concept map of the planetary temperature system. The lesson models scientific... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

Learners will explore the conditions required for water to be in a liquid state. They discover that temperature is the essential variable. They then explore how temperature is not a measure of heat but of the average motion of molecules of a... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is a lesson where learners review the basic requirements for human survival. Using an online, multimedia module, they change amounts of gases in our atmosphere and draw conclusions about the amount of each gas that is necessary for human... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This is a lesson where learners are introduced to chemical change and the conservation of matter during different types of chemical changes. The lesson models scientific inquiry using the 5E instructional model and includes teacher notes,... (View More)

In this lesson, students use an online, multimedia module to simulate the techniques that scientists might use to find a planet that has the atmospheric conditions required for human habitability. Learners will learn about NASA research and careers... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

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... (View More)

In this lesson, students are introduced to atoms, molecules, and elements. Learners will build constructions out of different types of building materials as a metaphor for atoms and molecules. They interpret different symbolic representations for... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This is a lesson where learners engage in a radiating heat activity and an activity that measures temperature in models with and without greenhouse gases. Learners will draw conclusions about the effect of greenhouse gases on temperature and on... (View More)

This picture book is designed to introduce children to the Earth's atmosphere and its importance to life on Earth. It also introduces how the addition of new gases (e.g., ozone) contributes to changing the quality of air we breathe. With an... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, students experiment to test the hypothesis that Mars was once hotter. The activity requires some advance preparation by the teacher: the day before the activity, need to place a plastic bottle filled with water in the freezer.... (View More)