Space Exploration

Posted by SIngraffea Nov 18, 2011



From the final shuttle launch and changes at NASA, to the International Space Station and falling “space junk,” the exploration of space has been in the news a lot lately. Talking to students about these current events and tapping into their natural curiosity about our solar system is a great way to get them into science.


Did you know that if our planet were the size of a basketball, the moon would be the size of a tennis ball, and the sun would be the size of the dome on the Capitol building? Help students visualize the scale and distances between objects in our solar system with this tool.


For more resources to inspire budding explorers and astronomers, check out the Science NetLinks collection Celebrating Space Exploration. Kids can prepare a spacecraft for a mission to Mercury, learn about a planet’s orbit and rotation, join the hunt for extraterrestrials, and virtually launch a rocket to the moon.


Looking for more? Visit the Space collection from Thinkfinity and participate in the Are Your Children Fascinated with Outer Space? discussion.  Also, your class still has time to design experiments that could be flown on the International Space Station.


Geography Awareness Week

Posted by SIngraffea Nov 8, 2011



Uncover an “Adventure in Your Community” this November 13-19, during Geography Awareness Week! Created in 1987 as a way to encourage students and families to embrace the broad field of geography, the week-long celebration aims to raise awareness of geography near and far. This year, encourage your class to take on a “mission” to uncover the excitement and mystery right outside their door. Organizers hope that as students learn to use geographic principles and perspectives to examine the places where they live in a new way, they will find the adventure in their own communities.


Students can investigate a local ecosystem and explore some of the ways animals and plants depend on each other or learn about biodiversity by looking at the amazing variety of life around them. Conduct your own bioblitz! Have students think about all the ways the nearby landscape was formed or how local weather is connected with weather all around the world



Find more of our related resources by visiting this collection which includes materials from all our partners at Thinkfinity.

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