Lesson Plans

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GBO galaxy image

What are galaxies? Why do they look so different from each other? What can we learn from their shapes and structures? It only takes a keen eye and a creative mind to sort galaxies as early...

Astronaut in space

Students learn about gravity, mass, and weight by traveling through the solar system after a teacher led demonstration.

NASAA satellite photo of the Great Basin

Students will create models to understand the hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and geosphere which make up the Great Basin watershed.  

Students play with colored transparencies to grasp which parts of the visible spectrum are absorbed and transmitted through objects. They use this knowledge to predict why they can see colors in...

How do we see color? In this activity students release the colors in the rainbow through the action of bending light in a water prism.

Did you know you there are different types of ice on the planets and moons in our solar system? Test your observation skills by using clues to identify different types of ice based on their...

Did you know our eyes actually see everything upside down and backwards? Learn about light properties, how our eyes see, and how early telescopes and early cameras work by making your own camera...

White light has the rainbow hidden within it, but so does black. Understand why with this hands on activity.

Keeler crater on the moon

Make your own water balloon impact craters and use math to understand how scientists use crater clues to study our solar system.

waxing crescent moon

Why does the moon change shape throughout the month? By modeling a moon rotating around yourself as Earth, students learn moon phases in a kinesthetic fashion that for many will finally make sense...