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  • The Solar System

    Sci Pack | January 2010

    SciPacks are self-directed online learning experiences for teachers to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept and its related pedagogical implications for student learning. Unlimited expert…

  • Solar System Scale

    Book Chapter | March 2011

    Sizes and distances in the solar system are difficult to visualize. In this activity, students calculate scaled distances and planetary diameters to planets in our solar system. They then make a model in a large open…

  • The Formation of the Solar System

    Book Chapter | March 2011

    Over the last four centuries, people have developed many theories to explain the origin and evolution of the solar system. Today, the theory most commonly held by scientists is known as the solar nebula theory. In this…

  • Solar System: Formation of Our Solar System

    Science Object | January 1970

    Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object, co-developed between NASA and NSTA, is the fourth…

  • What’s Inside Our Solar System?

    Book Chapter | March 2012

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about the solar system. The probe is designed to find out if students can distinguish between objects in the solar system and objects outside of the…

  • Solar System: The Earth in Space

    Science Object | January 1970

    Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach.This Science Object, co-developed between NASA and NSTA, is the first of…

  • Solar System: A Look at the Planets

    Science Object | January 1970

    Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object, co-developed between NASA and NSTA, is the second…

  • Solar System: Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites

    Science Object | January 1970

    Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object, co-developed between NASA and NSTA, is the third…

  • Universe: The Universe Beyond our Solar System

    Science Object | January 1970

    Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object, co-developed between NASA and NSTA, is the fourth…

  • Moving Students Toward a More Accurate View of the Solar System

    Journal Article | March 2017

    Use technology to collect data that students can use to model and better understand the solar system.

  • Sizing Up the Solar System

    Journal Article | September 2011

    Students learn about the importance of scale in scientific models. This article describes one approach teachers can use to elicit students' misconceptions about the distance between planets in our solar system.

  • The Dimensions of the Solar System

    Journal Article | July 2007

    A few new wrinkles have been added to the popular activity of building a scale model of the solar system. Students can learn about maps and scaling using easily accessible online resources that include satellite images…

  • The Virtual Solar System Project

    Journal Article | February 2001

    In the course, Virtual Solar System, students construct models of the solar system in an inquiry framework to learn fundamental astronomical concepts. This paper describes the course, the underlying principles for its…

  • Tried and True: Solar System in the Hallway

    Journal Article | April 2009

    After studying phenomena related to the positions and motions of the Earth, Sun, and Moon, many students are familiar with the positional ordering of the planets, but their knowledge of the distances involved is vague.…

  • Embodying Earth's Place in the Solar System

    Journal Article | December 2015

    Upper elementary students investigate seasonal constellations using software and model them with their bodies.

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