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Lesson Plans (7) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Unit Plans (1)  Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet.
Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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Subject: Credit Recovery 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 Credit Recovery 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: Credit Recovery 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 Credit Recovery 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: Credit Recovery 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.


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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 Tech: Exploring the Solar System
Digital Tool: The Spaceplace
Digital Tool Description: This NASA sponsored student website is a great resource for students in middle school and high school interested in space science and astronomy. The “Parents and Educators” section provides an extensive list of resources including other websites, activities and lesson plans for the classroom, newsletters, games, image galleries, question and answer forums, and much more. (This description is taken from the Spaceplace website.)


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Title: Comparing the Size of Earth to Other Planets
Digital Tool: NOVA
Digital Tool Description: This interactive website allows students to tour the Solar System using NASA calculations.


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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.


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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.  


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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