Planets of Our Solar System - WebQuest
- Welcome to a search about the 9 planets of our solar system. Your
task is to visit the web sites to out facts about the planets and
solar system. List at least three facts on your planet paper about
each planet. Try to find one interesting fact to share with the class.
and color a picture of each planet. Label the planet clearly.
Space - The
Space Telescope Science Institute - the organization responsible
for the scientific operation of the Hubble Space Telescope - hired
teachers to develop a collection of K-12 web-based interactive
astronomy lessons complete with student activities and teacher
guides. There are several different units with topics on: Black
Holes, Galaxies, Stars, the Solar System, Telescopes, Hubble Space
We Alone In The Universe? The Truth Is With - ThinkQuest
Entry - Discover
some of the most intriguing UFO mysteries of this century. Comprehension & entertainment
will be with you as you navigate through our site. UFO fanatics & keen
space explorers will be able to share theories with others.
and Space - North Canton Schools -
For Kids - Want
to make astronomy lessons appealing to kids? This site claims they
know how! Promises a great time exploring space, with puzzles,
sky maps, and postcards along the way. Explore the planets first.
Each planet comes equipped with a kid-tested lesson, and questions
answered such as What is it made of? What's it like down there?
Elementary through middle school.
Home Page (Fremont, MI High School) - ThinkQuest
Entry - Information
and images about Astronomy. Includes searchable index. The purpose
of creating these pages was to introduce students in elementary
through high school to the beauty of the universe.
Interactive Network - ThinkQuest
Entry - Comprehensive
overview of astronomy - collaboration tools, interactive sections
and games, hundreds of pages of on aspects of astronomy, ranging
from radio telescopes to short biographies of dozens of influential
Lesson Plan Page and Curricular
Resources Page on Astronomy - These
CLN Theme Pages have links to two types of resources. Students
and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...)
to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also
links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help
teachers provide instruction in this theme.
Online - Explore the mysterious universe - ThinkQuest
Entry - Graphical,
interactive, informative astronomy site. A place for discussions.
A gallery, forum, quiz, uploading, downloading, surveys, search,
Our Place in Space - Learn, study, explore, and play
games! from the American Museum of Natural History
Astronomy on the Internet - A
collection of pointers to astronomically relevant Internet resources,
including its own search engine.
Best Sites For Children: Space
Off Into Space(SpaceQuest) - WebQuest
- The only trace of evidence to our past is in space. This is where
our journey begins venturing into space, out to understand everything
that is yet to be discovered.
a Solar System - To
get an accurate sense of space in our solar system, try this online
calculator. Just fill in the blank for the sun's size in your model,
sizes and distances for all the planets.
Voyage to Saturn -
the Planets - WebQuest
- Scientists classify planets in many different ways. Today you work
for NASA and will use information you gather from the Internet and/or
other references to make decisions on how you will classify the planets.
Your task is to classify each of the nine planets using these criteria:
Its orbit in relation to Earth--INFERIOR or SUPERIOR. The make-up of
its surface--ROCKY (TERRESTRIAL) or GAS (JOVIAN). Its size or diameter--GIANT
or SMALL. Its ability to be seen by our eyes--CLASSICAL or MODERN. After
looking at information about the planets, how would you classify the
Theme Page: Astronomy Curriculum - Community
Learning Network has outstanding theme page resources.
Dust: Mankind's Voyage into the Unknown - ThinkQuest
Entry - Overview
of our galaxy & the quest mankind has made of exploring. It
chronicles the beginning of man's interactions with astronomy all
the way up to modern day space exploration missions. Significant
library of information.
Project - A
team of master teachers, university faculty, and NASA researchers
have created a series of web-based astronomy lessons for the CERES
Project. These classroom-ready activities for K-12 students represent
a robust combination of teaching/learning strategies from the National
Science Education Standards, NASA science data, and Internet pointers
to an endless supply of accurate and timely resources. Two types
of classroom-ready lessons: Student Inquiry / Extension Lessons
- CyberSpace! - ThinkQuest
Entry - Pristine
graphics of planets and user input make this site a very informative
astrological resource. It includes a VRML section and is an excellent
example of an easy-to-navigate web site design.
Online: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Hubble - Who
can resist a title like that? With a daily log, live feed, Ask
the Astronauts, more.
Black Sun Eclipse Website -
Planets in the Classroom - More
than 25 hands-on science activities are provided in classroom-ready
pages for both teachers and students for exploring Earth, the planets,
geology, and space sciences.
on Mars - ThinkQuest
Entry - Addresses
the science, art, literature, and history of Mars. Includes section
on possible colonization of the planet and the ethical issues that
Kids Only- Earth Science Enterprise - This
site has many interesting activities for young students to learn
about various earth science concepts. An interactive online coloring
book is a unique feature of this web site.
Mercury to Pluto - ThinkQuest
Entry - Complete
database of the solar system. Spectacular graphics keep students
engaged in learning. Thousands of hours of research was involved
in compiling this information-intense site.
photography - Great
pictures of galaxies throughout our universe.
K-12 Educator's Resources - Items
produced by Galileo's Educational Outreach Office including curriculum
units, slide sets, and background sheets.
hits from the Hubble Telescope - Just
like the title says - many unique space photographs.
Universe - Hands-On
Universe (HOU) is an educational program that enables students
to investigate the Universe while applying tools and concepts from
science, math, and technology. Using the Internet, HOU participants
around the world request observations from an automated telescope,
download images from a large image archive, and analyze them with
the aid of user-friendly image processing software.
the Universe! -
Earth the Only Planet ? - WebQuest
- Do you know the name of the 9 planets in the galaxy called the Milky
Way? You will visit the various planets using the internet in order
to answer the question; "Why is Earth the Only Planet You Can Live On?"
Into the Universe - WebQuest
- Students engage in a problem-solving trip through our Solar System.
They must decide what items to bring along to survive on a distant
CITY SPACEPORT - Extensive
listing of sites relating to space.
Space - Resources
selected by librarians for kids.
of a Star - ThinkQuest
Entry - Provides
definitions for several different types of stars. Includes a glossary
of terms related to Astrophysics
to Space Exploration - NASA
has been great providing content rich websites on a multitude of
space related subjects. Liftoff to Space Exploration created by
the Science Directorate at Marshall Space Flight Center places
much of that information now on one site. The site contains the
following topics: news from all over NASA; Spacecraft (including
rockets, space stations, and satellites); the Human Journey (living
in space, astronauts, and pioneers); The Universe (space, the solar
system, stars, and galaxies); Earth (weather, atmosphere, and remote
sensing); and keeping track of satellites and spacecraft.
Space Flight Project - ThinkQuest
Entry - Traces
the history of the United States Manned Space Flights includes
Project Mercury,Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and the Space Shuttle Program
Academy - ThinkQuest
Entry - Designing
a manned mission to Mars - Trajectories calculated, rockets designed & selected,
life support systems integrated into the spacecraft to provide
nourishment & a survivable environment to the astronauts.
Fact or Fiction - ThinkQuest
Entry - The
entry provides information about Mars as it is now through links
to scientific resources. How Mars has been considered in history
and the fictional presentation of Mars is presented through films
Mankind's Future Lies in Space - ThinkQuest
Entry - Designed
in response to the recent Pathfinder mission. Addresses the Pathfinder
mission in detail concerning the Rover, experimentation, & scientific
results. Site encompasses approximately 459 pages, and over 108
Millennium Project - The
Mars Millennium Project, an official White House Millennium Council
Youth Initiative, challenges students across the United States
to design an ideal community for the planet Mars that incorporates
the best aspects of their own local communities. The project begins
in the fall of 1999, but materials to prepare for it should be
available this month. GRADE LEVEL: K-12
Quest - WebQuest
- It is the year 2025. Terris T. Rialle, Director of Interplanetary
Travel, has just hired your team as travel guides. Interplanetary travel
has become very popular and you see a great future in this business.
You want to provide travelers with the best information you can and
plan to become a leader in your field. Grades 5-8
Mars - ThinkQuest
Entry - A
wonderful site exploring the possibility of colonizing the planet
Mars. A multitude of imaginative and educational information is
presented in a sophisticated and organized way.
to Mars Homepage - ThinkQuest
Entry - This
entry is a history of the planet Mars with a lot of information
on other missions to Mars. It has a simulated Mission to Mars which
also contains a lot of information as you gather materials and
probes to take on the mission. The content of this ThinkQuest 1997
award winning site covers the history of Mars, man's fascination
with it, and our exploratory missions.
Phases: The Moon's Many Faces - WebQuest
- Travel through space and time to learn the many faces of the moon
and to answer the questions: Is the moon really made of cheese? Where
does the moon go after 29-31 days? The purpose of this space journey
is to learn about the moon phases and to find out what the moon is made
- MoonQuest - WebQuest
- Students explore Moon legends and data by forming expert teams and
sharing knowledge. Grades 5-8
- MountainQuest - WebQuest
- Students divide into five research teams to make recommendations for
building a new observatory for NASA. Students will evaluate scientific
and cultural data for five potential sites in Antarctica, Japan, Chile,
and the United States and make presentations to a formal review panel.
of Space and Time - ThinkQuest
of distant suns, black holes, & stellar anomalies in space & time.
Designed to allow students to experience and learn about some of
the mysteries, ideas, and theories of stellar objects & space & time.
Classroom of the Future -
Kids - Designed
for students from Kindergarten to 8th grade, this site has sections
on Space and Beyond; Rockets and Airplanes; Projects and Games;
and Pioneers and Astronauts. Loads of child-friendly information
on a myriad of scientific and technical subjects, such as space,
space suits, living in space, sundials, weather, the water cycle,
careers, and astronomy, as well as fun stuff like "How Old Would
You Be on Another Planet?" The Teacher's Corner includes links
to NASA resources for teachers. Produced by the Science Directorate
of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and built by the Liftoff
to Space Exploration team.
Human Spaceflight -View
the International Space Station and much more from this comprehensive
Spaceflight site developed by NASA. Included are real-time trackings
of the station, status reports and news releases, a video and image
scrapbook, and mission recaps. Also, see how your school can participate
in NASA's Educational Outreach Programs. K-12
K-12 Internet Initiative: Quest - This
comprehensive site, sponsored by NASA, brings authentic scientific
and engineering experiments and pursuits "out of the box and ready
to go to classrooms around the world." Use the Online Interactive
Projects link to access NASA sponsored online interactive projects
which features current projects, upcoming projects, archives, and
lessons learned. Explore the Recent Projects Live from the Hubble
Space Telescope and Online From Jupiter to gain insight on how
interactive networks can be used as teaching tools via biographies,
field journals, and classroom activities. Be sure to visit the
interdisciplinary project Live From Antarctica 2, a project in
collaboration with Passport to Knowledge, which began in early
January and remains active until April 1997.
News - Find
out what's going on at NASA! Read the current status reports on
Agency projects and events, news releases, upcoming launch activity,
and television broadcast schedules for NASA Television.
Observatorium - NASA's Observatorium is a public access site
for Earth and space data. Check out Fun & Games
Planetary Photojournal - A
NASA database with over 1200 space images.
Spacelink - NASA
Spacelink is one of NASA's electronic resources specifically developed
for use by the educational community. This comprehensive electronic
library contains current and historical information related to
NASA's aeronautics and space research. Educators can utilize Spacelink
which provides electronic access to NASA educational materials,
news, and reference data as well as educational products, images
and computer software that can be useful to educators, students,
and general public. Spacelink also provides a powerful search feature
and links to other NASA educational sites throughout the Internet.
Star On The Horizon - ThinkQuest
Entry - Realities
of living & working in space. Concept of space stations in
historical context. Explore benefits of having such a facility.
Participate in building your own space station, take a quiz & solve
a crossword puzzle.
Planets - WebQuest
- Blast off! Travel through space to explore and answer questions about
the nine planets in the solar system.
Planets - Take
a virtual tour of our solar system.
Planetarium Show Homepage - ThinkQuest
Entry - Main
feature of this site is the spectacular images of the Hubble Space
Telescope plus an Astronomy Gallery. Interactive site that allows
visitors to comment on the site and discuss the issue of light
- Planetary Advanced Warning System - WebQuest -
A WWW Research Investigation developed by Carolyn Hinshaw. The Research
Investigation is based on the Research Cycle from the work of Dr. Jamie
McKenzie and the Bellingham School District.
Facts - Planet facts written in "kid language".
Quest - ThinkQuest
Entry - Planet
Quest uses the full potential of the Internet technology to provide
a central location for information about the planets, moons, and
other items in our solar system. There are pictures, planet comparisons,
quizzes, and links to other astronomy sites and clubs. The search
engine is easy to use, and provides excellent resource links to
the subject being searched.
Web Quest - WebQuest
- Welcome to the intergalactic Web Quest! You will shortly begin an
exciting exploration of the Planets in our Solar System. Get comfortable
and prepare to journey to the outmost reaches of the solar system. You
are a member of an international scientific team in charge of the first
planetary colony in our solar system. Your team must analyze the different
planets and decide on which planet to colonize.
- Planets - Nice
first page on planets suitable for early elementary
for the Planet's Homepage - ThinkQuest
for the Planets - ThinkQuest
Entry - An
enjoyable journey through the planets. The information given will
help any young person who is researching a planet or the sun. In
addition the graphics are very nice.
for the Millennium - This
virtual exposition from the National Center for Supercomputing
Applications (NCSA) has a number of very extensive exhibits for
astronomy students and teachers. Movies and sound enhance the site.
and Sky: The Sky -
for Just the Right Planet - WebQuest
- In this WebQuest, students create a multimedia report recommending
a planet for an orbiting space hotel. The assignment links to resources
to support research and includes an evaluation rubric.
- Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - I'll
resist any cracks about ET phoning anywhere. The SETI program at
Berkeley wants you to help search for extraterrestrial communications,
by sifting through their data using your computer on idle time.
Works as a screen saver.
- Sky-Online - This
astronomy site is headquarters for the Hale-Bopp comet.
Observation Home Page! - ThinkQuest
Entry - All
about the Sun. Students can learn about the Sun how to observe
it and also join a solar observation team. Includes lesson plans
for teachers and a quiz to test users knowledge.
System Exploration - Solar
System Exploration is one of four space science themes for the
Office of Space Science at NASA.
System Simulator - Here
we go to NASA! And doesn't this site sound like fun? It is. Choose
your viewpoint, target, then run the simulator. You can be a lot
of places in this simulator. Kids will love this site, and you
may just inspire a passion for astronomy!
and Astronomy - Each
category is to help you research a topic for school. These came
from Coal Tyee Elementary School
Explorer Unit - WebQuest
- A WWW Research Investigation developed by Carolyn Hinshaw. The Research
Investigation is based on the Research Cycle from the work of Dr. Jamie
McKenzie and the Bellingham School District.
Rangers - WebQuest
- Is the moon a planet? Why is the moon different shapes? Can we live
on the moon? What is the moon made of? Has anyone been to the moon?
You are one of the new members of the Space Rookies. Your group has
just received your Space Ranger Handbook. The handbook includes all
of the requirements for becoming a Space Ranger. To become a Space Ranger,
you and the other Space Rookies must learn about the earth and moon.
Earning Space Rookies' merit badges will help you on your way to becoming
a Space Ranger. You and three other Space Rookies have decided to learn
all about the Earth and moon. The information you gather will be presented
at Space Ranger Meeting.
The Final Frontier... - ThinkQuest
Entry - Information
about the universe, the big bang, stars, galaxies, our solar system,
etc. A quiz so you can test your knowledge about the space. Every
answer is somewhere in the page.
- The Final Frontier - WebQuest
- Join us for the voyages of the Starship "Cannon"prize! Buckle up!
Sit back and relax and tell your family and friends good-bye for awhile.
We will return and share our discoveries with others! Solar System WebQuest
for Elementary Students
Programs & Activities -
Theme - Gander
Academy's Theme Pages - a great wealth of resources from all over
WebQuest - WebQuest
- Nashville Public Schools WebQuests developed with Kathy Schrock
Wrinkles - Questions
addressed in this exhibit are: Who was Einstein? What is gravity?
What are black holes and gravitational waves? Where might black
holes lurk? How can we "see" them? What does it take to study black
holes? What happens if you disturb a black hole? What happens when
two black holes collide? Will Einstein's theory of gravitation
continue to prevail in decades to come?
A NASA Learning Center for Young Astronomers - A
learning center for young astronomers. Designed for children, this
site has two difficulty levels of content on the Solar System,
the Universe, and Space Stuff. Within each area, there is a set
of student activities that children can perform online. You can
see pictures of the planets, read about the Sun and the Moon, and
even watch galaxies collide. NASA created astronomy site for kids
- solar system, universe, and "space stuff" (astronauts, space
travel, & the Hubble Space Telescope, etc.). Glossary of astronomy-related
terms. Highly graphical for 4-14 year age.
Online - Solar System Guide - With
a teacher guide available, StarDate Online supplies visuals and
text on planet formation, origins, discovery of planets, solar
winds, novae and supernovae, and more! Each planet has its own
text site with graphics.
Online Teacher Guide -Sample
lessons and activities to teach astronomy for grade 3 and up. The
StarDate Online Teacher Guide can help you effectively integrate
StarDate programs into your daily classes. Sample lessons and activities
give you ideas for teaching astronomy to students from grades K-12.
The guide also suggests resources that can help you emphasize multicultural
concepts and create cross-curricular ties. Help students broaden
their awareness of astronomy as they develop and apply new skills
in other subject areas.
Eclipse Website -
- Sunspots -
- Mars,1997 -
Mission to the Sun -
to the Unknown - ThinkQuest
Entry - Entry
contains information on the earth and solar system. It includes
a trivia game and numerous photos of the planets.
Quest Comets - WebQuest
- We live in a region of space known to us as the Solar System.
The Solar System consists of planets and their moons, stars (the sun),
and other objects such as asteroids, meteors, and comets. These
Web Quests will explore comets by using web resources.
Is an Inferior Planet? - WebQuest
- Today you visit a web site to find out what an inferior planet is.
There are two of them. What are their names and why are they called
"inferior?" Find an interesting fact about each of the INFERIOR PLANETS
that you never knew before. Turn it into a question that one of your
friends could research.
for the Cosmos - Learn
more about how radio astronomers use computers to analyze huge
amounts of data in an attempt to answer questions such as: Is space
really empty? What lies between the stars? Can molecules, including
those we're made out of, form in space? How are stars born? What
determines the shapes of galaxies?
to the Universe - This
stunning NASA-funded site explores Earth and Space sciences and
the historical and cultural ties between science, exploration,
and the human experience. The site includes a rich array of images,
movies, animations, and data sets. Teacher Resources include classroom
activities and educational links.
Builders - This
site supports a course about designing planets from a solar system
through plants and animals. It includes lessons, many links to
web pages, teacher resources, science notes, and planets created
by teams of teachers who participated in the course. It is being
tried out in a high school and bits of it have been used in the
elementary grades. The website is in a state of ongoing construction,
but over a hundred and fifty professor-authored pages are already