877-542-5504 877-542-5504

Want to Help Fellow Teachers?

Please help us grow this free resource by submitting your favorite lesson plans.

Internet Sites:

• Space Science Curriculum Standards Quilt
NASA standards-based science lessons organized by topic and instructional theme.

• NASA Space Science Education Resource Directory
The Space Science Education Resource Directory is designed for educators seeking NASA’s space science educational resources. It will help you locate Internet-based resources, such as Web pages and Portable Document Files (PDFs). Resources are reviewed for science content.

• NASA Spacelink
Aeronautics and space resources for educators. Sections include hot topics in the news, a library of instructional resources and frequently asked questions, much more.

• Center for Educational Resources (CERES) Project
Contains lesson plans and activities for teaching K-12 astronomy. Each lesson lists the recommended grade level and estimated time requirements, and includes links to related NASA resources, images, and data.

• Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground
Contains hands-on astronomy activities for kids.

• Central Operations of Resources for Educators (CORE)
The NASA Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE) serves as the worldwide distribution center for NASA-produced multimedia materials. For a minimal charge, CORE will make materials available through its mail order service to educators unable to visit one of the NASA Educator Resource Centers. These curriculum supplement materials give teachers the opportunity to provide their students with the latest in aerospace information.

• Space Educators’ Handbook
The underlying goal of the HANDBOOK is to make space science entertaining and informative. Featured are digital aerospace comics as well as an innovative space movie archive.  Many other files are present including a space calendar, space quotes, coloring books, math problems, and more.

• Challenger Center for Space Education – Teacher Resources
The Challenger Center provides a useful site to teachers looking for cooperative, hands-on classroom resources in space education.

• The Center for Science Education
This site contains information, lesson plans, and activities related to space science and astronomy from the Center for Science Education at the U.C. Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory.

• Liftoff to Space Exploration
From the Mission Operations Laboratory at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Contains current news and events related to space exploration, as well as information on past, current, and future missions, astronaut training, life in space, and trivia. Also includes a Kid’s Space section, a Space Cadet Academy, quizzes, games, and photos.

• The Observatorium
NASA’s Observatorium is a public access site for Earth and space data. We have pictures of the Earth, planets, stars, and other cool stuff, as well as the stories behind those images.

• Astronomy Throughout History
Includes information on the history of astronomy, regional histories, and important people in astronomy.

• The Space Place
Students can learn how to make balloon-powered nano-rovers & pop rockets, discover what it’s like to be a space engineer, & conduct experiments to identify the best materials for use in space.  The site includes space facts and crossword puzzles, riddles, an Intergalactic Adventures board game that explores a black hole, & other fun activities.

SEDS: Students for the Exploration and Development of Space Internet Headquarters
SEDS is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space. SEDS pursues this mission by educating people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership skills, and inspiring people through our involvement in space-related projects.

• Earth & Moon Viewer
You can view either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, or from a satellite in Earth orbit.

• Earth From Space
Over 375,000 images searchable by specific features, weather, and regions.

• The Nine Planets
This site is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, and most provide references to additional related information.

• POETRY: Public Outreach, Education, Teaching and Reaching Youth
The outreach effort of the NASA IMAGE Satelllite Project, a satellite that will be placed in orbit in 2000 to study phenomena in the near earth environment. Contains information on the project, classroom activities, links to related sites, and a link to the Ask The Space Scientist email service (FAQs section).


American Astronomical Society (AAS)
2000 Florida Ave., Suite 400
Washington, D.C.  20009
Tel: 202/328-2010
Fax: 202/234/2560