Activities

This page provides teaching resources for educators. Watch the video activity below or scroll down for a complete list.

Video Activity: Impact Craters

Students model the effects of meteors hitting the lunar surface at different speeds and angles and analyze the resulting craters. The teacher's guide provides background information for the activity.

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Resource List

If you are looking for a resource on a particular topic, the results can be filtered by subject. Alternatively, choose the type of resource that fits best in your lesson plan. 'Presentations' introduce important concepts, 'activities' encourage students to learn through action, and 'enrichment materials' provide supplemental material for teachers or advanced students.

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Changes Inside Planets

In the first of three activities, students observe meteorite samples. In the second activity, they use foods to model separation of light and heavy materials into layers within a planet or asteroid. Then in the third activity, students use eggs to simulate the breakup of a layered asteroid.

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Compositional Balancing

This PRSD article helps teachers understand the significance of variations in planets' oxygen isotopes.

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Composition of the Moon's Crust

This PRSD article lets teachers learn more about the composition of the lunar surface.

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Earth-Moon Distance Activity

An activity with a globe, ball, and string enables students to visualize the distance from the Earth to the Moon relative to the Earth's circumference.

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Edible Rocks

This lesson gives students a taste of how scientists describe meteorites. It helps students become better observers by making a connection between the familiar (candy bars) and the unfamiliar (meteorites).

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Explore the Moon with MoonKAM

This slide show introduces the GRAIL mission and MoonKAM, and explains the size and geology of the Moon. A chart of the lunar surface is also included here.

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Exploring the Moon

This teacher’s guide provides extensive background information on the Moon as well as fact sheets, diagrams, photographs, a glossary, and multiple activities.

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Flip Book

Students create a flip book to understand how satellites take pictures, and how images change, as the satellites orbit the Moon.

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How High Is It?

This NASA educator's guide offers several activities that focus on scale and ratios. Students develop an understanding of the relative distances between the Earth and Moon, as well as altitudes of various aircraft and atmospheric layers. Activities can be completed individually or together. The How High Is It? printout can be used to supplement the activity on page 22 of the educator's guide.

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Impact Craters

Students model the effects of meteors hitting the lunar surface at different speeds and angles and analyze the resulting craters. The teacher's guide provides background information for the activity.

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