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Lesson Plans (8) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (2) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (5) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (7) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (5) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science (4 - 5)
Title: Planet Explorers
Description: In this lesson students will learn about the eight major planets of the solar system. The students will be able to identify which planets are terrestrial and Jovian. Each student will also research and create a short video for one assigned planet.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Scaling Down the Solar System
Description: In this lesson students will work collaboratively to gain a better understanding of the vastness of space by scaling down the solar system. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Science (5)
Title: To Infinity and Beyond... Magazine of Planetary Studies
Description: This is a student led activity in which students have to accomplish the task of choosing the most entertaining way to relay written expository information. Art/self expression along with technology are utilized to develop a classroom magazine while learning about the planets and associated technology. Students work in cooperative learning groups to complete this activity.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Robots in Space
Description: During this lesson students learn the history of robotics in space exploration. They use their creativity to develop a robot. They learn about different career opportunities by communicating with robot specialists at the Johnson Space Center through a video conference.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The History of Space Exploration
Description: In this lesson students develop a time line of important events in relation to space exploration.


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Subject: Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Introduction to the Universe
Description: Students use descriptive words to create imagery of the many varieties of objects found in our universe.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Astronomy - Science - Space Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Red Album     
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students are assigned the task of helping NASA plan its next missions to Mars--a great frontier in modern exploration. A variety of activity options are presented for young students, older students, parents, and teachers.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Exploring the Solar System     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to introduce students to Earth's moon and the eight other planets in our solar system. Students learn about the geology, composition and orbits of other planets by planning a trip to another planet.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Title: Space
Digital Tool: Explain Everything
Digital Tool Description: Students will use Explain Everything to create and present information about planets, asteroids, comets, and satellites. Explain Everything will allow students to create a presentation using an interactive whiteboard which will allow you do animate, annotate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.


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Title: Explore the Solar System
Digital Tool: NASA Space Interactives
Digital Tool Description: Students use this interactive to discover information about each of the planets as well as asteroids, comets, and  satellites. If NASA has a mission there you can click on it to learn more. This interactive will allow you to play games as you learn about different items in the Solar System.


ALEX Podcasts


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March 2009 Space Camp Podcast
Overview:
Broadcast from the Space Camp Orbital Training Facility- the March 2009 Space podcast. July 20, 2009 marks the 40 year anniversary of the first successful flight to the moon. That year Neil Armstrong took his first historic step out onto the moon’s surface. Listen as Scoot-R, space camp’s training robot, tells a little about Dr. von Braun and the history of the space program. The video also features Kelly who discusses hydroponics and its importance to the space program. Learn how scientists are able to grow plants in any environment with just water and plant food. This will allow astronauts to grow their own food in space while making longer flights to other planets in the future.


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Space Camp Podcast, March 2009
Overview:
  Broadcast from the Space Camp Orbital Training Facility- the March 2009 Space podcast. July 20, 2009 marks the 40 year anniversary of the first successful flight to the moon. That year Neil Armstrong took his first historic step out onto the moon’s surface. Listen as Scoot-R, space camp’s training robot, tells a little about Dr. von Braun and the history of the space program. The video also features Kelly who discusses hydroponics and its importance to the space program. Learn how scientists are able to grow plants in any environment with just water and plant food. This will allow astronauts to grow their own food in space while making longer flights to other planets in the future.  


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Podcasts


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Earth, Sun, Moon Activity
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
Concepts of the Earth, Sun, and Moon are identified in this animated video.

Assessments


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Solar System: Know Your Planets
http://www.neok12.co...
This site offers a quiz to test students' knowledge about the planets. A video is included that students can watch as review and/or remediation.

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Earth, Sun, Moon Quiz
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
The concepts of the Earth, Sun, & Moon are placed in a 10 question quiz to assess mastery.Quiz is computer graded.

Informational Materials


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Components of Our Solar System
http://science.natio...
This website helps student to identify the sun and earth moons as components of our solar system.

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Enchanted Learning - Planets
http://www.enchanted...
Facts and photos on the planets

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Super Solar System
http://www.kidsastro...
Interactive site to assist students in learning about the solar system.

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Outer Space
http://www.kidsastro...
This is a free astronomy resource designed to teach children about the exciting world of outer space.

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Stars Glossopedia
http://test.glossope...
This site has information on stars, including a fast fact section.

Interactives/Games


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NASA Kids
http://kids.msfc.nas...
Lots of puzzles, games, facts, and other resources about the Earth and space. 

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Components of Our Solar System
http://science.natio...
This website helps student to identify the sun and earth moons as components of our solar system.

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Secret Worlds-The Universe Within
http://www.micro.mag...
Take an incredible virtual journey that begins in far, far outer space and ends inside subatomic particles of a leaf on a tree that is located at Florida State University. This site can also be used to teach Powers of Ten (Scientific Notation).

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Solar System: Know Your Planets
http://www.neok12.co...
This site offers a quiz to test students' knowledge about the planets. A video is included that students can watch as review and/or remediation.

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Super Solar System
http://www.kidsastro...
Interactive site to assist students in learning about the solar system.

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Space Quizzer
https://itunes.apple...
This is an app for both Android and Apple devices. It helps improve students' knowledge of the Solar System and manned space flight in fun quiz game. Activities help to improve students knowledge of the universe, and learn more about people behind mankind’s exploration of space.

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Outer Space
http://www.kidsastro...
This is a free astronomy resource designed to teach children about the exciting world of outer space.

Learning Activities


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NASA Kids
http://kids.msfc.nas...
Lots of puzzles, games, facts, and other resources about the Earth and space. 

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Secret Worlds-The Universe Within
http://www.micro.mag...
Take an incredible virtual journey that begins in far, far outer space and ends inside subatomic particles of a leaf on a tree that is located at Florida State University. This site can also be used to teach Powers of Ten (Scientific Notation).

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Outer Space
http://www.kidsastro...
This is a free astronomy resource designed to teach children about the exciting world of outer space.

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Earth, Sun, Moon Activity
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
Concepts of the Earth, Sun, and Moon are identified in this animated video.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science - Astronomy - Science - Space Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Red Album     
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students are assigned the task of helping NASA plan its next missions to Mars--a great frontier in modern exploration. A variety of activity options are presented for young students, older students, parents, and teachers.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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