Curricula and Lesson Plans

  • Astronomy v Astrology

    This activity overviews the differences between how Observational Astronomy and Astrology portray the constellations of the Zodiac, timing of the Sun entering and leaving each zodiacal constellation, and more. ages 12+ & public audiences

  • Cosmic Castaways

    Students will understand the structure of galaxies and the nature of galaxy collisions by watching a planetarium show, building their own galaxy, and engaging with an interactive simulation of how galaxies collide and merge gravitationally. ages 14+

  • Cratered Worlds

    How have asteroids and comets led to the Moon and other rocky inner planets looking so different than the Earth? How do we know about these differences and what do they tell us? The Cratered World lesson takes students on a journey through the solar system, with a specific focus on craters and what we can […]

  • Digging into Comets

    The solar system is littered with Ice. The bulk of this material orbits quietly in the outer Solar System, but sometimes something disturbs the ice and it comes plunging in toward the Sun. In this lesson, we will discuss comets, how we explore them, and how they brought water to worlds like Earth. ages 12+

  • Image Detective Lesson Plan — Taking an astronaut’s view of the Earth

    We need you! Get in on the Beta Test level! The Image Detective Lesson Plan is a series of activities that asks students to take an astronaut’s view of the Earth and highlights how we use images from space to determine changes on Earth. Students first learn about the differences between observation and inferences, and […]

  • InVESTAgate

    Explore asteroids, comets, meteoroids and other small bodies in the Solar System with InVESTAgate. Get hands-on with meteorite impacts, mining asteroids, and more! This unit features the citizen science project Asteroid Mappers: Vesta Edition. ages 11+

  • TerraLuna

    TerraLuna is a 15-day unit of inquiry-based lessons that lets your students explore the surface features of the Moon and the Earth, investigating how these two worlds formed and continue to evolve. Features MoonMappers, and real lunar exploration. ages 11+

  • What is Citizen Science – a reading intensive lesson

    What does it mean when you put these two words together: ‘citizen’ and ‘scientist’? What does the term ‘citizen science’ mean? Take your students on a reading journey through the history of citizen science and explore how everyday people make great discoveries. Learn about the earliest citizen scientists- who they were, what they did, find […]