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Astronauts and Spacesuits
Category: Science
Tags: astronaut how to be an astronaut space suit spacesuit astronaut suit international space station iss outer space

Spacesuits are becoming decidedly less clunky, as illustrated by the futuristic-looking SpaceX suits sported by NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley. Way cool.

Here are some free resources to learn about the different types of spacesuits and how they've evolved over the years.

How to Dress for SpaceExplore 5 iconic spacesuits in 3D.

Interactive Spacesuit Experience: Slideshow describes spacesuit function and design, and includes a "clickable" spacesuit.

Space Exploration Mini-Unit: Seven lessons, with articles and videos, beginning with how to become an astronaut, and culminating in the future of space exploration.

 

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Train Like an Astronaut: Combine learning about the requirements of space exploration with physical fitness. This site offers videos and free activity guides that explain how exercise and proper nutrition help astronauts maintain and improve important aspects of fitness such as physical strength, endurance, speed, flexibility, balance and coordination.

 

 

Astronaut VideosSee how astronauts eat, sleep, brush their teeth and do other tasks aboard the International Space Station.

 

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Science In Your Garden
Category: Science
Tags: science for kids garden earth science life science

If you’re looking for some hands-on activities to study earth and life science, head out to a garden. It’s a living lab that affords all kinds of opportunities to observe science concepts in the natural world, such as:

 

  • interdependence in an environment

  • life cycles and changes

  • adaptations and biodiversity

  • human impact on the environment.

While in the field, kids get a chance to be the scientists by asking questions, making observations, and coming up with explanations for what they see based on evidence. They can define problems they may encounter in a garden (eg. a plant-damaging pest), and gather additional information to brainstorm solutions.

For an idea of the kinds of investigations that can be done in a garden, visit Nature Works Everywhere, which provides a variety of video lessons and activity guides for topics such as:

The site also has several How-To Garden Videos.

 

Here are some free garden exploration units for grades 1 - 4. Each unit - Pondering Plants, Soil Stories, Garden Pollinators, and Garden Habitats - includes six lessons.

Additional free resources:

 

Here are some more ideas from KidsGardening.

 

Free Readers

 

chapter on dirt:

 

(Get the full Dirtmeister's book here).

 

 

For Middle and High School Grades

 

 

Learn about diversity by tallying how many different species live in your neighborhood. 

 

 

Plants, Flowers and Trees
Category: Science
Tags: parts of plants parts of flowers identifying trees

Free resources to supplement your study of plants, flowers, and trees, including interactives, free readers, and virtual forests and trips. 

Start with Dig Deeper soil science site which offers free booklets, experiments and games. 

To study plant processes, check out this interactive doc on photosynthesis and cellular respiration: 

Kids GardeningFree lesson plans and activities.

The Great Plant EscapePresents information in six "case files" so that kids can solve the mysteries of plant life. Covers: parts of plants, life cycle of plants, soil, seeds, and plant reproduction. Each case file has several hands-on activities or experiments that can be done. 

Photonsynthesis Videos: From NeoK12; also has links to quiz games and puzzles   

Life of a Tree: Interactive 

Plant Reproduction: from Glencoe Life Science; 32 pages

MicroorganismsText and interactives that teach about fungi and algae

Free BrainPop Movies - These cover: how flowering plants produce seedsphotosynthesis and respirationgymnosperms and angiosperms

Dr. Arbor Talks Trees: Animated lessons about tree anatomy and identification. Includes teachers guide.

Take a walk in the forest and ID trees using this dichotomous key.

 

Virtual Labs:

Life Cycle of a Simple Plant

Light and Plant Growth

Parts of a Flower

Plant Transpiration

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