EXPERIMENTS & ACTIVITIES

Check out some amazing activities and experiments that you can try at home and see some of Janet’s favorites! Send us your results and a picture of your experiment to be our Scientist of the Day! (Parents, please be sure to send the completed COPPA Parental Consent Form when submitting your child’s content.

Activities

SOLAR SYSTEM TOOLKIT

Here is a Solar System Toolkit that offers you to links for grades K-12 with appropriate STEM Skills. Please feel free to email janet@janetsplanet.com with successes and or suggestions from the classroom as you use and implement these resources. Have some COSMIC FUN!

• A Family Guide to the Sun (ages 6-13)

  • Scale Model of the Sun, Earth and Moon (p. 12)
  • Layers of the Sun (p. 14-15)
  • Discover Why the Sun Appears to Rise and Set (p. 24-25)

*Photos from ESA Science and Technology Storyboard,      

http://sci.esa.int/education/35012-miscellaneous/


• Listen to a song about the sun
• 
The Sun Song
• 
Shoulders of Giants
• Dance of the Planets
• Earth and Mars Poster Front
• Earth and Mars Poster Back Activities
• Mars Calendar Project
• Astronomy Project 
• Solar System Bead Distance Project
• Good Vibrations
• Hubble Telescope
• Chandra X-Ray Observatory
• Decoding Starlight: From Pixels to Images (Middle Grades)
• Decoding Starlight: From Pixels to Images (High School)
• ESA Science and Technology: International Ultraviolet Explorer
• Designing a Crew Exploration Vehicle (Grades 3-5)


For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/146850main_Designing_a_CEV_Educator.pdf

En Espanol: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/147027main_Designing_a_CEV_Educator.sp.pdf

For Students:    http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/146851main_Designing_a_CEV_Student.pdf

En Espanol: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/147028main_Designing_a_CEV_Student.sp.pdf

Video: English and Spanish https://education.jsc.nasa.gov/explorers/


• Solar System Memory Game

http://www.kidsastronomy.com/fun/memory.htm

• ESL Solar System Memory Game

• New Horizons Mission Guide (Grades 2-5)

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Mission/index.php

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Pluto/index.php

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/index.php


• Making a Sun Clock (Grades K-8)
• Two Astronomy Games “Small and Large” “Near and Far” (Grades K-8, PowerPoint)
• Journey through the Universe – Voyage: A Journey through Our Solar System, Grades K-2, Lesson 2: A View of Home from the Front Door and from Space
• Secret Worlds: The Universe Within (FSU Power of 10)
• Powers of 10 CERN
• The Cosmic Distance Scale (online)
• Flash Scale of the Universe Visualization
• ESA Science & Technology – Hubble: 15 Years of Discovery (online, Grades K-12)
• What is a planet? (video, Grades 9-12)
• NASA Solar System Exploration
• Solar System Lithograph Set (online, Grades K-12)
• On the Moon – Touchdown (Grades 3-12, p. 16-19)
• Cassini Equinox Mission – Titan Flyby on June 21, 2010 (Grades K-12, online)
• An Earth-based Tour of the Moon (Grades K-12)
• Destination: Mars – Getting There! Navigation and Trajectory (p. 3-10, Grades 5-12)
• Living with a Star: Educator Resources for Understanding Connections Between the Sun and Earth – Projecting the Sun (p. 15, Grades K-12)
• Pinhole Camera – Touch the Sun (Grades 5-12)
• Pinhole Camera – Touch the Sun
• Sun-Earth Day
• Space Weather Action Center
• Stardust Activity Guide – Egg Drop Sample Return Capsule (p. 62-64)
• Build a Solar System (online spreadsheet, Grades K-12)
• Your Age on Other Worlds (online)
• Your Weight on Other Worlds (online)
• The Nine Planets Solar System Tour
• Cylindrical Galactic Coordinates: A 3D Model (Grades K-12)
• E-simulations at NASA Glenn (online)
• WrightSim (download, Grades 6-9)
• SpaceSim (download)
• MarsFlight (download)
• StarChild (lower elementary)
• Solar System Shuffle (online, level 1)
• Moonlight Madness (online, level 2)
• Cassini-Huygens: Kids Space
• Solar System Simulator (online)


• Fit Explorer Challenge/Train Like and Astronaut!

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/fitexplorer/train/index.html#.WA63P-ErJ3k   

http://trainlikeanastronaut.org/    

http://trainlikeanastronaut.org/

http://www.esa.int/Education/Train_like_an_astronaut

Each activity has a handout (in notebook), data page, and teacher guide (view online for lesson questions).

Base Station Walk-Back

Crew Strength Training

Do a Spacewalk!

Jump for the Moon

Mission: Control


• Education Highlights
• Making Time Fly
• Sled Kite
• Air Engines
• Reflection of Light With a Plane (Flat) Mirror – Trace a Star
• Get a Leg Up (Educator)
• Get a Leg Up (Student)