Sky Lights Science Blog
Sky Lights, a science blog from retired teacher Dan Heim, "is an ad-free website already in use by many teachers and students. I cover topics from astronomy, meteorology, and earth science. I also take questions from readers. With over 400 posts to date there's a wealth of information available in the archives, and more to come. The content includes 2D and 3D animations, slideshows, and original photos and graphics. Links are included in most posts for greater depth and further research. I taught science for 30+ years, am now retired, and provide this content gratis." Dan has a page for educators explaining how to best make use of his blog and he welcomes questions.
Calendar Connections Printables
Free downloadable cards to be printed with graphic on one side and facts on the other. This pages has sets for: bugs, plants, ocean life, Independence Day, the Arctic and Antarctica, explorers, weather, astronomy, Presidents, Christmas around the world, and rainforests
Make a comet
From the Lunar and Planetary Institute. This activity introduces kids to the structure of comets and the interactions between comets and our Sun. Activity for space unit. (Y,M)
You guessed it: make styrofoam planets.
Outer Space Crafts
Great hands on crafts for younger students studying space.
Exploring Planets in the Classroom
Hands on activity guide introduces scientific concepts involving space.
Comets Teacher Page from Amazing Space
From the Space Telescope Science Institute. Amazing space provides teachers with some facts about comets. The site includes lesson plans for three online activities: "Make a Comet," "Comet Tails," and "Comet Facts, Myths & Legends." Grade Level: 6-8
The Comet's Tale
From the Science Engineering Gateway for Berkeley education. A look at all aspects of comet's from history to predicting future killer comets. Instructions for making a comet.
Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
On the Moon Activity Guide
Six activities that bring engineering and NASA's moon missions to life. Two activities--Launch It and Touchdown--are for grades 3-8 (and work well at events). Three activities--Roving on the Moon, Heavy Lifting, and On Target--are for grades 6-12. One activity--Feel the Heat--is for grades 9-12.
The Great Moon Hoax
NASA's detailed rebuttal to the charge that the lunar landing was a hoax.
NASA's Moonbase Alpha
Moonbase Alpha is a NASA-funded multiplayer game.
The Nine Planets
A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System: one star, eight planets, and more
WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope.
National Air and Space Museum Educator Resources
Education resources including lessons and PDF posters
Curriculum Center - The Universe
Activities, puzzles and project ideas to boost the study of the Universe.
Curriculum Center - Solar System
Activities, puzzles and project ideas to boost the study of the Solar System.
American Museum of Natural History in NYC. Science-rich Website for Kids.
Astronomy: Our Place in Space
From Ology - American Museum of Natural History.
A Trip Through the Solar System
PPT presentation from Mrs. Frederick's 6th Grade Class in 2004
A Trip Through Our Solar System An Internet Scavenger Hunt
You have been selected by the National Space Travel Institute to take a high-speed voyage through our solar system. Your journey will begin on our star, the Sun. This fantastic round-trip voyage will take you all the way to Pluto and back again! You have been asked to find the answers to some interesting questions along the way.
Trip Through the Solar System
Language Arts Grade Level - 1
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Soaring Through Our Solar System
Reading Comprehension worksheets for solar system unit. (Grades 2-4)
A Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries:
A databank consisting of 120 entries about 20th century scientists and their stories.
A Solar System Coloring Book - Intermediate Level
Please feel free to print out and duplicate these pages for non-profit use.
The Space Place
Games, animations, projects, and fun facts about Earth, space and technology.
NASA Kids Club
Space science for kids!
The Aurora Page
A source for Information, links and images about the "Northern Lights" on-line since the Web began
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
NewsCenter is the complete collection of every Hubble Space Telescope news release and its supporting materials, along with tools and resources designed to further your knowledge of astronomy.
Space Weather Center
With games, Activities and E-Cards.
National Science Foundation
NSF - Where discoveries begin.
Space Science Institute
The Space Science Institute (SSI) is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation formed in 1992. Our purpose is to create and maintain an environment where scientific research and education programs can flourish in an integrated fashion.
Astronomy Trivia Games
A new one each day of the week
StarChild: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers
The StarChild site is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA.
NASA Teaching Materials
Extensive database of downloadable educational materials searchable by subject, grade level and product type
For the skywatchers among us, SpaceWeather.com is a wonderful site for predicting space events such as meteor showers, auroras (northern lights), falling asteroids, and more.
Free NASA Publications
Free Posters, Lithographs, Fact Sheets, Brochures and Interactive educational resources
This site from National Geographic contains star charts, start attractions, and views from the Hubble telescope.
Solar System Wordsearch
Web-based space activities for classroom use. This site is full of excellent lesson plans and activities, but be aware this site does present the Big Bang Theory in an understated way.
Interplanetary Virtual Tour
This is an awesome collection of almost 100 pages of photos and information that can be explored systematically through the tour or overviewed through the "Express Tour". The images of the planets and their satellites will entertain the youngest students
Find out more about the mysterious phenomenon also called the Northern Lights. Beautiful photography and a teacher's guide with a few ideas for using the site in the classroom.
A comprehensive on-line site about space and astronomy
Educational Publications from Goddard Space Flight Center
ICP lessons and modules are problem-based investigations for middle to high school
Apollo 11 Story
On July 20, 1969, the human race accomplished its single greatest technological achievement of all time when a human first set foot on another celestial body. Get the Apollo 11 story from launch to splashdown.
Kennedy Space Center Educator Resources
The NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex provides educational resources available include videos, slides, lesson plans, publications and lunar & meteorite samples.