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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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Rainbow Peepholes as holiday treat for kids

Everyone likes rainbows, right? So how about treating folks to the gift of rainbows? Two years ago I ordered a batch of diffraction grating glasses to share with the kids in our lives. This year, I ordered a batch of … 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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Walk on Jupiter and Eat Mars: Teaching the Solar System Through Silliness

Can you walk on Jupiter? You can if it’s a picture of Jupiter on a floor puzzle. My Astronomonsters’ love Solar System floor puzzles. We have a few different kinds of Solar System floor puzzle, all of varying quality. My … 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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Book Review: The Kids’ Guide to the Constellations

A review of The Kids’ Guide to the Constellations by Christopher Forest, Capstone Press (2011) for ages 8 and up. I’m sorry, Christopher–this book is okay for a children’s book, but I didn’t find it stellar. (Sorry again for the … 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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