The Universe: An Introduction
In these lessons from the Smithsonian Center of Learning and Digital Access, the class works together to arrange pictures from space according to the students’ best ideas of size, distance and age. This active introduction to the cosmos can be a pre-assessment for a unit on space science. In a follow-up modeling exercise, relationships in space are brought down to a scale of two inches.
The Evolving Universe
This online exhibition from the National Museum of Natural History explores the birth, life and death of stars and galaxies. The site features hi-resolution images of the universe and explains the science behind capturing the photographs.
The Chemical Universe
This webpage, presented by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, presents the standard periodic table as well as "the periodic table for astronomy,” a representation of elements based on their average abundance by mass in the universe.
This website, from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, introduces students to celestial mapping by making analogies to the earthly system of longitude and latitude.
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