Michael J. Allen

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Space For Thought


Grade 5: Earth and Space Sciences ESS1.            

 Earth’s Place in the Universe

5-ESS1-1. Use observations, first-hand and from various media, to argue that the Sun is a star that appears larger and brighter than other stars because it is closer to Earth. State Assessment Boundary: • Other factors that affect apparent brightness (such as stellar masses, age, or stage) are not expected in state assessment.

5-ESS1-2. Use a model to communicate Earth’s relationship to the Sun, Moon, and other stars that explain (a) why people on Earth experience day and night, (b) patterns in daily changes in length and direction of shadows over a day, and (c) changes in the apparent position of the Sun, Moon, and stars at different times during a day, over a month, and over a year.

Clarification Statement: •

Models should illustrate that the Earth, Sun, and Moon are spheres; include orbits of the Earth around the Sun and of the Moon around Earth; and demonstrate Earth’s rotation about its axis.

State Assessment Boundary: • Causes of lunar phases or seasons, or use of Earth’s tilt are not expected in state assessment.




The Particle Adventure

The fundamentals of matter and force!



Mercury Transit of the Sun



The Sun - short video from SOHO.



Solar System Information Site















National Space Science Data Center

Website for all Nasa missions





Mission to Mercury








Mars Rovers

Latest News from the missions to Mars




MIT Hopping Rover

Thanks for this link Carol. This is MIT's new design for planetory exploration. Follow the link to find out more...



The Hubble Site







Amazing Space

Time travel and star light.











Found: first rocky exoplanet that could host life

Check out this fascinating story from the New Scientist...



Dark Energy

More on Dark Matter and Dark Energy


Even more about Dark Matter and Energy  

This is an excellent article describing the current state of play in Astronomy (Thanks for this link, Carol).

Earth-sized planet found orbiting Alpha Centauri, our astronomical 'backyard'


Earlier MCAS Review Material for previous Science standards (2006)

This stuff might be useful as well as interesting for some students to explore.

Earth rotation - day and night
Why we have seasons
Phases of the moon
Inner planets/ outer planets
Big Bang
Life cycle of stars


Teacher activities:

http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/ceps/siimages/observin.html - photos for analysis

http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/index.html - weight

http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/age/index.html - age

http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/trading/directions.html - planets trading card game



Mars Activities from NASA/JPL