Activities and Lessons
Telescopes From the Ground Up offers two activities to explore the operation and history of telescopes.
Take a look at three Daytime Astronomy Lessons from the National Science Teachers Association at
Astronomy with a Stick.
No Escape: The Truth about Black Holes contains information and lesson plans. NASA brings you simulations of Black Holes.
Resources from NASA
NASA has a
web site with material for teachers at all grade levels.
A good place to start your exploration of topics and resources for space is the
A - Z List of NASA Websites for Educators.
The Space Place — Presenting 17 integrated elementary group activities about space.
If you're near Caldwall, Twin Falls, or Rexburg, you might want to plan a field trip to one of Idaho's Planetariums:
Windows to the Universe
If you don't have any time to look at any other links, then
Windows to the Universe is the place for you. It is the ultimate web site about space. The site offers a choice of appropriate educational levels: beginner, intermediate, or advanced. It is brought to you by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
Useful Daily Space Data
The sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset and twilight time tables for your location from the
United States Naval Observatory can be a useful classroom tool. Also included are important dates, positions of the sun and moon, and eclipse information.
The Moon and More!
Phases of the Moon Calendar shows the phases of the moon for each day of current, future and past months.
Discover the Electronic Picture Books and tutorials from
STScI (Space Telescope Science Institute). The Electronic Picture Books contain full color images and informative text designed with powerful navigational tools. The library is continually growing with subjects such as geography, planetary science, and astrophysics. There are views of Earth and images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Don't miss this Hubble Space Telescope
For more outstanding photos try the
Planetary Photo Journal from NASA.
Our Solar System
Nine Planets Solar System Tour is a complete source of information about the solar system.
Solar System Simulator views the Solar System from various spacecraft. You pick the view.
Here is an interactive lesson about the
orbits of the planets.
Mars Exploration Program site has information for educators and students.
Comets and Constellations
Amazing Space has a site about
comets that includes lesson plans.
If you're looking for information about constellations, this
Windows to the Universe site can help you.
Check out this comprehensive list of resources dedicated to
women in astronomy.
Science Trek offers a number of space-related sites. Click on the "Space" button in the Topic Menu above.