|Type of Product:||SciGuide
based on 3 reviews
|Grade Level:||Middle School
SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts.
What is energy? Scientifically speaking, energy is the ability to do work or the ability to move an object. How can energy be changed? What forms of energy are needed to support life? These and other questions are explored in this guide. Students are intrigued by the idea of living and working in space and their curiosity can be used to better understand the different forms of energy on Earth and in the universe. Space science can be used to teach the abstract concepts of energy and matter by learning about the ways NASA astronauts, scientists, and engineers continue to explore these concepts to develop space colonies and exploration vehicles of the future.
The concept of energy is intertwined throughout our study of science whether it be life, physical, Earth or space. As NASA and its world partners continue to build the International Space Station, scientists and engineers on Earth will use the new information to improve our lives in many ways. We may learn new ways of changing, or transforming, energy to create new technologies that can help us use energy more efficiently, and to better understand how energy sources impact humans globally. We can use this knowledge to protect our environment through the use of renewable (such as wind, solar, air) and alternative (such as geothermal, nuclear) resources, to produce new and better medicines to treat illness and disease, and to create new and improved technologies for the advancement of Earth and space science.
This web guide offers teachers a motivational “hook” to get students engaged in the study of energy by providing teacher-evaluated links to NASA resources. It is through these links that students discover how living in space relates to living on Earth. Lesson plans and web links correlate to the National Science Education Standards (NSES) as well as technology standards and the AAAS benchmarks. NASA has a wealth of educational resources available online; this guide is meant to provide teachers with a streamlined way to incorporate these resources into the classroom.
Ideas For Use
A Science Guide is a valuable classroom resource for science teachers interested in integrating the web into their teaching. Each guide consists of approximately 100 web-accessible resources (URLs) that have been aligned to the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and vetted across eight educational rubrics, such as Inquiry, Interactivity, Communication/ Collaboration, How Scientists Learn, etc. These URL resources have been assembled in a thematic drill-down structure with linked lesson plans, vignettes, samples of student work and MP3 files that demonstrate how the Guide’s URLs can be utilized in a classroom. Ultimately, a Science Guide is a resource that saves educators time by providing exemplary web resources that have been pre-evaluated and aligned to the National Science Education Standards.
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Science and technological challenges in society
Human population growth
|Intended User Role:||Learner, Middle-Level Educator, New Teacher, Professional Development Provider, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Achievement, Assessment of students, Careers, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Integrating technology, Learning theory, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
|Resource Format:||application/msword, application/pdf, application/x-shockwave-flash, audio/mp3, image/gif, image/jpeg, text/html, video/quicktime
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 18 correlations with the National Standards.
- Physical Science
- Transfer of Energy
- Energy is a property of many substances and is associated with heat, light, electricity, mechanical motion, sound, nuclei, and the nature of a chemical. (5-8)
- Energy is transferred in many ways. (5-8)
- Electrical circuits provide a means of transferring electrical energy when heat, light, sound, and chemical changes are produced. (5-8)
- In most chemical and nuclear reactions, energy is transferred into or out of a system. (5-8)
- Heat, light, mechanical motion, or electricity might all be involved in energy transfers. (5-8)
- Conservation of energy and increase in disorder
- The total energy of the universe is constant. (9-12)
- Energy can be transferred by collisions in chemical and nuclear reactions, by light waves and other radiations, and in many other ways. (9-12)
- Energy can never be destroyed. (9-12)
- Science and Technology
- Understanding about science and technology
- Science often advances with the introduction of new technologies. Solving technological problems often results in new scientific knowledge. (9-12)
- Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
- Types of resources
- Resources are things that we get from the living and nonliving environment to meet the needs and wants of a population.
- Some resources are produced from basic resources, such as food, fuel, and building materials.
- Populations, resources, and environments
- When an area becomes overpopulated, the environment will become degraded due to the increased use of resources. (5-8)
- Causes of environmental degradation and resource depletion vary from region to region and from country to country. (5-8)
- Science and technology in society
- Technology influences society through its products and processes. (5-8)
- Technology influences the quality of life and the people act and interact. (5-8)
- Technological changes are often accompanied by social, political, and economic changes that can be beneficial or detrimental to individuals and to society. (5-8)
- Social needs, attitudes, and values influence the direction of technological development ways. (5-8)
- Process Standards for Professional Development
- Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES)
||Reviewed by: Jenna F on February 9, 2013
||I found this guide easy to use with my fifth grade class. It was my first time teaching this module, so the guide supported me with instruction. The weblinks were also engaging, and my students thoroughly enjoyed looking at them.
||Great guide - very useful content!
||Reviewed by: Duncan Sutherland on May 4, 2012
||I found the information contained in this guide immediately useful for my science instruction. Because energy is such a large standard for our 5th grade science, it was extremely helpful in assisting me with design hands on activities for my students. It is divided into 4 themes: Energy and technology, energy efficiency and conservation, energy forms and transformations, and impacts of energy technology. What really helped is that all the lessons were tied to the theme of space exploration. I found the “Can you see the light?” lesson to be very valuable – the students really enjoyed working with the UV beads. I will definitely use information from this SciGuide in my future instruction.
||My Review of Living and Working in Space
||Reviewed by: Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD) on January 17, 2012
||This sci-guide contains a lot of classic lessons on energy, matter, and motion, but with a twist. NASA's rich collection of resources are provided in this sci-guide in order to provide a the necessary conduit to apply earth concepts of basic physics to the space realm.
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