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Planets: Teachers

Space is the Place


The Space Place is an integrated set of activities about space for elementary-school-age kids, with cool images, animations, hands-on projects, games, puzzles, and more.

NASA's Solar System Exploration site is the place to learn all about the planets.

Explore the solar system with text, pictures, sounds, and occasional movies at The Nine Planets. Each of the planets and major moons in the solar system is described and illustrated with pictures from NASA.

Planetary Resources

Hour Glass

If you don't have any time to look at any other links, then this is the place for you. Windows on the Universe offers the choice of appropriate educational levels — beginner, intermediate, or advanced. It is brought to you by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Here is an interactive lesson about the orbits of the planets.

For K-3 educators, Ready Jet Go! from PBS has short videos and resources for teaching about the solar system and the planets.

This lesson for grades 3-5 combines number sense and data analysis with planetary science, as students explore ways to order the planets.

Want a convenient way to find NASA space science resources for use in classrooms, science museums, planetariums, and other settings? Check out the NASA Wavelength. It's searchable or browsable by keyword, topic, and/or grade level.

Imagine Mars


As part of NASA's Imagine Mars Project, students explore their own community and decide which artistic, scientific and cultural elements will be important on Mars. Then they develop their ideal community, from an inter-disciplinary perspective that includes arts, sciences and technology.

PBSKids and DragonflyTV invite you to think like a scientist — how would you go about finding water on Mars?

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