K-5 Lesson Plans
- Exploring Magnetic Field Lines
- When discussing space weather or how Earth’s magnetosphere protects us, we often see diagrams with lines wrapping around the globe. What are these lines? Can we see these lines if we were in space looking back at Earth? This activity lets us explore the magnetic field of a bar magnet and serves as a good introduction to understanding Earth’s magnetic field. It is also a good way to demonstrate why prominences are always “loops”.
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- Northern Lights and Solar Sprites (Activity 1)
- Many different areas in solar and space science are covered in highly interactive exercises. These include studying convection on the Sun, solar flares, how to design a rocket payload, and the general subject of how the Sun affects the Earth. It was specifically designed to fill a well-known gap in NASA’s offerings for the lower grades, and to do so in a way that is both fun, and well-integrated with national science benchmarks and standards.
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- Edible Model of the Sun
- The Sun is a dynamic and active star. If you look at it with a telescope, or even with a pin-hole camera or special eclipse-glasses, you can see features on the sun that are moving and changing. (Remember you should never look directly at the sun!) Participants will make an edible model of the Sun’s outer layers using cookies and toppings.
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