NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection

The NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection provides educators and students with a direct line of access to quality products reviewed through the NASA product review. The resources have been rigorously reviewed by an independent peer review of teachers, curriculum and design specialists, teacher trainers, and scientists. The review of the learning resources is based on their scientific accuracy, educational value, documentation, ease of use, their power to engage or motivate students, their robustness/sustainability as a digital resource, and ability to foster mastery of significant understandings or skills. Resources in the collection support the NASA Science Mission Directorate: Earth Science education missions.

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Accessing and Downloading Images from NASA's WISE Mission
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This website provides instructions on how to find and download images directly from the WISE archive. Anyone with an internet connection now has free access to high-resolution infrared images from the WISE mission. These instructions explain how to get the images you want, without using complex terminology and options that may be difficult for the layperson to navigate.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
NASA
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Author:
Bryan Mendez
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Active Galaxies
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This guide accompanies an educational wallsheet that uses active galaxies as an engagement to teach selected topics in physical science and mathematics from the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Web site. Active galaxies have super-massive black holes in their cores, some of which emit jets of particles and light. It features three curriculum enhancement activities, background information, assessment information, student worksheets, extension and transfer activities, and detailed information about the physical science and mathematics content standards that are supported.

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Active Galaxies Pop-up book
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This large pop-up book with foldouts contains a 3D model of an active galaxy with jets that pops up out of the center. Active galaxies, a major scientific target for the GLAST mission (renamed Fermi in 2008),contain super-massive black holes at their cores, and sometimes emit jets of particles and light. One foldout contains explanatory information for the parts of the galaxy depicted in the central pop-up, as well as a glossary, while the other contains a classroom activity, the "Tasty Active Galaxy." The back of the book features a cartoon story: "How the Galaxy Got Its Jets."

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Textbook
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Date Added:
11/05/2006
The Air We Breathe
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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 understanding of how our atmosphere works, we can begin to understand how our activities may be contributing to some of those changes in air quality. The back cover includes a short demo/activity called Making a Gas You Can’t See (Carbon Dioxide).

Subject:
Engineering
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Textbook
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Date Added:
03/05/2004
Alaska: A Bird's Eye View
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In this web-based, interactive story, Tutangiaq (Too-tang-geye-ack - nicknamed 2T), a Canada Goose, flies across Alaska looking for his family. As he flies, he tells children about the fascinating 49th state. Children learn how Alaska was purchased from the Russians, and other facts about the state. They can also compare the size of Alaska to other states. 2T takes a flight across the volcanic chain in Alaska and helps the students to interactively explore how scientists monitor volcanoes from satellite images in near-real time. At the coast, the bird also meets his Walrus friend who shows him how the sea ice edge has receded and gives an example of an adverse effect on marine life. Finally, 2T arrives in Fairbanks where children use satellite imagery to help 2T find and unite with his family.

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Technology
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Textbook
Provider:
Alaska Space Grant Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
08/31/2003
Amazing Space: Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) Lithograph
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This lithograph features Hubble Space Telescope images and includes text that describes and explains the images. There is also an accompanying inquiry-based classroom activity entitled “In Search of the Complex Structures of Planetary Nebulae.” This activity is designed to encourage the development of research skills and independent thinking. Available online as well as hardcopy. Educators can access the lithograph PDF files on the Web site and print the materials for use in their classrooms.

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
NASA
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Author:
Bonnie Eisenhamer
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Amazing Space: Globular Cluster M80 Lithograph
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This lithograph features Hubble Space Telescope images and includes text that describes and explains the images. There is also an accompanying inquiry-based classroom activity entitled “In Search of Star Clusters.” This activity is designed to encourage the development of research skills and independent thinking. Available online as well as hardcopy. Educators can access the lithograph PDF files on the Web site and print the materials for use in their classrooms.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
NASA
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Author:
Bonnie Eisenhamer
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Amazing Space: M82-The Case of an Odd-looking Galaxy Lithograph
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The lithograph contains a Hubble Space Telescope image that shows M82, an edge-on galaxy, undergoing a frenzy of star formation. The text explains the possible causes of the galaxy’s unusual appearance and star-birth activity. The accompanying classroom activity is a curriculum support tool designed for use as an introductory inquiry activity. It can be incorporated into a unit that has a scientific inquiry and/or a galaxy evolution theme. During the classroom activity, In Search of … Starburst Galaxies, students use the lithograph images and text to generate questions about the cause of the starburst, a rapid rate of star formation, in M82. They also conduct research to answer their questions. Students then identify the galaxy they think is responsible for igniting the star formation in M82, and must provide evidence to support their choice.

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
NASA
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Author:
Bonnie Eisenhamer
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Amazing Space: Planetary Nebula NGC 2440 Lithograph
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This lithograph contains a Hubble Space Telescope image that shows the colorful Planetary Nebula NGC 2440 with one of the hottest known white dwarfs at its center. The text briefly explains the process of stellar death of sun-like stars and those with a mass greater than eight times the Sun. The accompanying classroom activity is a curriculum support tool designed for use as an introductory inquiry activity. It can be incorporated into a unit that has a scientific inquiry and/or stellar evolution theme. During the classroom activity, In Search of... Stellar Death, students use the lithograph images and text to generate questions about the planetary nebula NGC 2440 and how stars end their lives. Students conduct research to answer their questions then compare the endpoints of different mass stars, providing supporting evidence from their research.

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Date Added:
07/05/2007
Amazing Space Star Witness News Article: Exploring the Universe During IYA
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This article encourages students to find Amazing Space resources related to the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) Object of the Month. The Star Witness News articles are science content readings for upper elementary to middle school students. Current Hubble science content is presented at a grade-appropriate level and includes definitions of unfamiliar terms and a set of discussion questions with answers. The articles are based on Hubble press releases, which are identified for the educator in the overview pages and are chosen based on their timeliness and alignment with national science education standards. Many of the articles are formatted as PDF files for easy printing and use in classrooms without computer access.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Author:
Bonnie Eisenhamer
Date Added:
04/05/2009
Amazing Space Star Witness News Article: Hubble Celebrates a Stellar Anniversary
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This article describes the impact of the Hubble Space Telescope during the past 20 years, its many servicing missions, the public’s favorite images, the top science findings, and the man for whom the telescope is named. The Star Witness News articles are science content readings for upper elementary to middle school students. Current Hubble science content is presented at a grade-appropriate level and includes definitions of unfamiliar terms and a set of discussion questions with answers. The articles are based on Hubble press releases, which are identified for the educator in the overview pages and are chosen based on their timeliness and alignment with national science education standards. Many of the articles are formatted as PDF files for easy printing and use in classrooms without computers.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Date Added:
04/05/2010
Amazing Space Star Witness News Article: Hubble Images Inspire Student Creativity
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This article highlights the schools’ and student work selected as the best collages in an interdisciplinary Classroom Collage Activity sponsored by the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute. An image showing the SM4 astronauts with the winning collages is included. The Star Witness News articles are science content readings for upper elementary to middle school students. Current Hubble science content is presented at a grade-appropriate level and includes definitions of unfamiliar terms and a set of discussion questions with answers. The articles are based on Hubble press releases, which are identified for the educator in the overview pages and are chosen based on their timeliness and alignment with national science education standards. Many of the articles are formatted as PDF files for easy printing and use in classrooms without computer access. Recent additions to the web site include three articles.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Date Added:
08/05/2009
Amazing Space Star Witness News Article: Hubble is Back in Business
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This article features the Early Release Observations following SM4. The Star Witness News articles are science content readings for upper elementary to middle school students. Current Hubble science content is presented at a grade-appropriate level and includes definitions of unfamiliar terms and a set of discussion questions with answers. The articles are based on Hubble press releases, which are identified for the educator in the overview pages and are chosen based on their timeliness and alignment with national science education standards. Many of the articles are formatted as PDF files for easy printing and use in classrooms without computer access.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Date Added:
09/05/2009
Amazing Space: Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula Lithograph
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This lithograph features Hubble Space Telescope images and includes text that describes and explains the images. There is also an accompanying inquiry-based classroom activity entitled “In Search of Star Formation.” This activity is designed to encourage the development of research skills and independent thinking. Available online as well as hardcopy. Educators can access the lithograph PDF files on the Web site and print the materials for use in their classrooms.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
NASA
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Author:
Bonnie Eisenhamer
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Apollo 17 View of the Earth
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This lithograph provides a full-disk view of Earth photographed by Apollo 17 astronauts, Dec. 7, 1972. The accompanying text describes the view seen in the photograph and the circumstances in which it was taken. Suggestions for activities in which the photograph can be used are also provided.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Date Added:
01/01/1995
Ask a High-Energy Astronomer/Ask an Astrophysicist
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This service answers users questions on a wide variety of topics in high-energy astronomy. Questions are answered by scientists within the Lab for High-Energy Astrophysics at NASA/GSFC. An archive of questions and answers are categorized by topic for users to browse. Suggestions for additional information resources are also provided.

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
NASA
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Author:
NASA GSFC/ HEASARC
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Astro Bulletins
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These science bulletins from the American Museum of Natural History feature news on space science, astronomy, and astrophysics topics with in-depth feature stories about cutting-edge developments, weekly images from observatories around the world and in space, and and 'Astro Viz', a visualization of astronomical or astrophysical phenomena. Each story features a link to an educators' guide and links to additional resources.

Subject:
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
Rosamond Kinzler
Date Added:
10/31/2014
Astrobiology: Science Learning Activities for After School
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The science of astrobiology is concerned with the question of whether or not life exists on other planets. These activities were adapted for use in afterschool programs with ages 5-12. Astrobiology consists of eight activities, each of which may be completed in about one hour. Astrobiology: Science Learning Activities for Afterschool was produced by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) as a part of a 18 month study and demonstration project funded by NASA.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
NASA
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Astronomy Foundations Through Art and Paper Plates (AFTPP)-Serving the Universe on a Paper Plate
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This resource includes over 88 paper plate activities, where scientists put their research into laymen’s terms and develop paper plate activities that illustrate their respective pursuits. Paper Plate Education asserts that anything worth teaching ought be reducible to a paper plate. This is also known as Paper Plate Reduction. There are lessons in space science, music theory, archeology, celestial navigation, African-American history, geometry, and art.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
NASA
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Aura Ozone Monitoring Garden
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The Aura Ozone Monitoring Lithograph describes where ozone is found, how ozone is formed, and the effects of ozone on biological processes. How and why NASA studies ozone is covered along with how individuals can monitor ground level (tropospheric) ozone by starting their own ozone-monitoring garden.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
NASA
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
NASA Wavelength
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Date Added:
02/16/2011