Category Archives: Science Education

My Weight on Other Worlds Worksheet

Here is a PDF you can download and print: a worksheet for calculating your weight on other worlds. There are some neat web pages with automatic calculators–type in your Earth weight and voila!–but this is an alternative, to sit down … Continue reading

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Bedtime Math in Space

Okay, Bedtime Math has been totally awesome with all of their space-themed math problems lately! Here are the links to the lot of them: Cherries from Space, from 14 April 2014 – http://bedtimemath.org/cherries-from-space/ So You Want to Be a Martian, … Continue reading

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Two more nonfiction picture books that read like story books

I need a better title or a better way to categorize this type of book: Back in September of 2011 I reviewed five books which I awkwardly called “nonfiction picture books that read like story books,” and I have two … Continue reading

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Teaching Children How to Use Binoculars

In getting children started with astronomy, I recommend beginning with what you can see with just your unaided eyes, sometimes called naked eye observing. You can learn the constellations, learn to pick out the planets, and follow the moon through … Continue reading

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Solar System Ambassadors

Isn’t “Solar System Ambassador” about the coolest title ever? And it’s a real thing. The Solar System Ambassador program is a volunteer public outreach program through NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory which organizes volunteers across the United States and Puerto Rico to share … Continue reading

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Sun Studies: Solar Week, Sun-Earth Days

When is a good time to study the Sun? How about March 18-22 during Solar Week? Teachers can find good resources for solar studies throughout the year at the Solar Week site and the Sun-Earth Day site, but during Solar … Continue reading

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Space Math practice for high schoolers

Here is a link to a real-world lesson in asteroid-related math developed by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories to get students thinking like NASA scientists. The example comes from the recent small asteroid that entered Earth’s atmosphere over Russia. Called “Math … Continue reading

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Indoor snow play, or playing with “comets”

We just played with snow in my house. We woke up this morning to find our ground covered with a slushy first snow of the season. Although I resented the snow coming before Halloween, I brought some in the house … Continue reading

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Meteor Math Problems for Kids, from Bedtime Math

I know I recently posted a link to Bedtime Math for their Curiosity Rover-related math problems, but now they’ve got a meteor shower one! Awesome! Too bad the meteors weren’t awesome for me at the Perseid peak–I had clouds again.

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Bedtime Math and Curiosity

Do you read bedtime stories with your children? How about a bedtime math problem? Bedtime Math is a site that promotes giving children a bedtime math problem to solve. Every day they post a new problem, and you can get … Continue reading

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