Science Resources Quarter 1 K-5 SY 2008-09
NASA for Educators
Official Search Engine for resources for educators
NASA for Students
Official Homepage with resources and activities for students
NASA Kid's Club
Kids' Club Web site features animated, colorful, entertaining and educational activities for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.
The Blue Marble
Great satellite pictures of the earth from space using the latest NASA. Easy to download or print in color for visual support in the classroom.
Reading Writing and Rings
These sets of lessons bring together reading, writing and science in ways that underscore the belief that scientific thinking and the intelligent use of language go hand-in-hand.
Watch live and prerecorded video footage of current NASA missions, launches, news and educational events.
Living and Non-Living Things
SKL1. Students will sort living organisms and non-living materials into groups by observable physical attributes.
a. Recognize the difference between living organisms and nonliving materials.
b. Group animals according to their observable features such as appearance, size, motion, where it lives, etc. (Example: A green frog has four legs and hops. A rabbit also hops.)
c. Group plants according to their observable features such as appearance, size, etc.
Living and Non-Living Things
Is water important for all living things?
What do animals need to live?
Interactions between Living Things and Their Environment
Will It Grow?
Living Things Yahoo Kids
S1E1. Students will observe, measure, and communicate weather data to see patterns in weather and climate.
The Weather Channel
Kids Science News Network
NASA's KSNN™ is a standards-based program that uses the Web, animation, and video to introduce science, technology, engineering, math, and NASA concepts. NASA's KSNN™ uses animated characters (grades K-2) and web and video technology
(grades 3-5) to explain everyday phenomena of our world, correct misconceptions, and answer frequently asked questions.
How do you measure weather?
How do clouds form?
Why are there seasons?
Come on in and check out our games, animations, projects, and fun facts about Earth, space and technology.
Wild Weather Adventure
Play the Wild Weather Adventure game. Your weather research blimp will explore Earth and its weather.
The Weather Channel for Kids
S2E1. Students will understand that stars have different sizes, brightness, and patterns.
a. Describe the physical attributes of stars—size, brightness, and patterns.
S2E2. Students will investigate the position of sun and moon to show patterns throughout the year.
a. Investigate the position of the sun in relation to a fixed object on earth at various times of the day.
b. Determine how the shadows change through the day by making a shadow stick or using a sundial.
c. Relate the length of the day and night to the change in seasons (for example: Days are longer than the night in the summer.).
d. Use observations and charts to record the shape of the moon for a period of time.
Why the Moon? Did you know that NASA is going back to the Moon?
Living with a Star
This NASA educator guide is a quick reference to resources for Sun-Earth connections.
The Sun as a Star
These activities about the sun as a star are adapted for after school programs with elementary-aged students.
Activities connecting the Sun, Earth
Rocks and Soil
Focus Standards: S3E1
Students will investigate the physical attributes of rocks and soils.
a. Explain the difference between a rock and a mineral
b. Recognize the physical attributes of rocks ad minerals using observation (shape, color, texture) measurement, and simple tests (hardness)
c. Use observation to compare the similarities and differences of texture, particle size, and color in topsoil (such as clay, loam potting soil, and sand).
d. Determine how water and wind can change rocks and soil over time using observation and research.
Focus Standards: S3E2
Students will investigate fossils as evidence of organisms that lived long ago
a. Investigate fossils by observing authentic fossils or models of fossils or view information resources about fossils as evidence of organisms that lived long ago.
b. Describe how a fossil is formed.
Teacher’s Guide with resources and student activities
In this Earth science lesson, students classify rocks from their neighborhoods to predict the origins of moon rocks.
The Stars and Our Solar System
S4E1 Students will compare and contrast the physical attributes of stars, star patterns, and planets.
a. Recognize the physical attributes of stars in the night sky such as number, size, color, and patterns.
b. Compare the similarities and differences of planets to the stars in appearance, position, and number in the night sky.
c. Explain why the pattern of stars in a constellation stays the same, but a planet can be seen in different locations at different times.
d. Identify how technology is used to observe distant objects in the sky.
S4E2 Students will model the position and motion of the earth in the solar system and will explain the role of relative position and motion in determining sequence of the phases of the moon.
a. Explain the day/night cycle of the earth using a model.
b. Explain the sequence of the phases of the moon.
c. Demonstrate the revolution of the earth around the sun and the earth’s tilt to explain the seasonal changes.
d. Demonstrate the relative size and order from the sun of the planets in the solar system.
S4E3. Students will differentiate between the states of water and how they relate to the water cycle and weather.
a. Demonstrate how water changes states from solid (ice) to liquid (water) to gas (water
vapor/steam) and changes from gas to liquid to solid.
b. Identify the temperatures at which water becomes a solid and at which water becomes a gas.
c. Investigate how clouds are formed.
d. Explain the water cycle (evaporation, condensation, and precipitation).
e. Investigate different forms of precipitation and sky conditions. (rain, snow, sleet, hail, clouds, and fog).
S4E4. Students will analyze weather charts/maps and collect weather data to predict weather events and infer patterns and seasonal changes.
a. Identify weather instruments and explain how each is used in gathering weather data and making forecasts (thermometer, rain gauge, barometer, wind vane, anemometer).
b. Using a weather map identify the fronts, temperature, and precipitation and use the information to interpret the weather conditions.
c. Use observations and records of weather conditions to predict weather patterns throughout the year.
d. Differentiate between weather and climate.
NASA’s Official Homepage for Lunar Exploration
NASA Returns to the Moon
Exploring the Moon
Teachers Guide with resources and student activities
The Diameter of the Moon
Scale Model of the Solar System
NASA Solar System Exploration
Solar System Simulator
Official NASA Homepage for the Solar System Exploration
Tour the planets
Images of the planets and the universe
Water and Energy Cycles
Droplet and the Water Cycle
The Weather Channel
Activities connecting the Sun, Earth and Native Americans
Students will identify surface features of the Earth caused by constructive and destructive processes.
a. Identify surface features caused by constructive processes.
b. Identify and find examples of surface features caused by destructive processes.
Students can learn how geologists use stratigraphy, the study of layered rock, to understand the sequence of geological events.
Images of the Earth
A catalog for images and animations of our home planet.
Official NASA Homepage for mother earth.
Earth from Space
Photos of earth provided by Astronauts
For Kids Only
NASA Earth Science Enterprise
Warren Edwards, ILS 10 Revised 9/3/2008