There are two main categories of curricular resources:
Launchpad Activities are stand-alone activities that are designed to promote and spark an interest for student-led investigations of Earth and/or planetary comparisons. Use one or more of these with your students!
The Student-Led Investigations: Modeling the Process of Science section provides resources you will find useful as your students conduct authentic research.
This launchpad activity is especially useful to for students who may want to learn about and conduct planetary comparisons. It introduces students
to geologic processes on Earth and models how scientists use Earth to gain a better understanding of other planetary bodies in the solar system.
This inquiry based activity provides a mathematical approach to investigating windows on Earth and in space! Students will be able to collect and
analyze data as well as mathematically describe astronaut photographs. Feel free to complete the entire activity or pick and choose the individual
parts that best apply to what you are teaching.
Student-led Investigations: Modeling the Process of Science
This guidebook is a very useful resource for you to use with students conducting an investigation. As students conduct their investigations, the
guidebook is designed to step them through each aspect of the process of science. It includes information about each step along with probing
questions to help students work their way through this inquiry-based process.
This activity is designed to introduce students to the process of science through the completion of a structured mini-research investigation
focusing on impact craters on Earth and other planetary worlds in our Solar System.
Although this is not a formal activity, students working on a class project or investigation have the opportunity to request new imagery to be acquired
by astronauts on the International Space Station.