Musical remixes of famous scientists (Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, etc.) outlining the wonders of the universe.
Equally useful as an introduction to a unit on space and/or music, as a catalyst for discussion on remix culture, and a potential assessment project for students to create their own science music videos.
This site compiles links for movies and rundowns of science demonstrations specifically for uni lecturers teaching geology concepts, but these activities can easily be adapted for the primary classroom. The two .pdfs linked - 'SEI Booklet of Demos' and 'SEI 101 low-tech demos' - contain a combined total of over 130 practical demonstrations over a range of earth science topics, and would be a particularly useful reference for primary teachers. Experiments and practical demonstrations stimulate not only students' interest and curiosity in science, but with the right questions and follow-up activities, can lead to a more thorough understanding of the concepts being taught.
A wealth of resources from the National Library of Australia for learning about the solar system and other bodies in the universe, astronomy and the work of astronomers, and how the stars shaped the cultures of early civilsations such as the Aborigines, the Egyptians, the Chinese, and early North and South Americans.
This site is primarily informational, but is an excellent hub for websites and visual/interactive material that teachers can then incorporate into lessons on space and the night sky.
An informative website maintained by the CSIRO, documenting many different examples of Aboriginal astronomy, their cultural significance to various Aboriginal peoples and nations across Australia, and the stories and events associated with the rising and falling of certain stars.
This is a good resource for teachers who may not be familiar with Aboriginal astronomy, and provides plenty of links to further reading. The Stage 3 Space outcome (ST3-8ES) specifically addresses the contributions of different cultures through history to our understanding of the solar system, and given its relevance to covering Indigenous perspectives, Aboriginal astronomy would make a particularly relevant case study in this area.
Carl Sagan looking at the Earth, history, and mankind's attitudes to one another in the context of 'the pale blue dot': the infinitesimal size of the Earth when viewed from the outer solar system. (It is one of the most moving and humbling things I've had the privilege to view.)
This video would work well for integrating HSIE and particularly interpersonal relationships (PDHPE) content into an overarching unit on the solar system.
NASA.gov brings you images, videos and interactive features from the unique perspective of America’s space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, subscribe to blogs, RSS feeds and podcasts, watch NASA TV live, or simply read about our mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.
Lauren T's insight:
So much of our knowledge of the solar system in recent times has come from NASA missions. Their website gives in-depth details regarding all missions currently running - including the Mars Curiosity Rover and the Cassini satellites orbiting Saturn, as well as the International Space Station and Hubble space telescope operations. Image galleries, movies, podcasts, social networking channels and various apps are available for students to view and interact with, in order to learn more about how we're researching our solar system today.
The site also offers specific subsections for students and educators, divided by grade level. These subsections primarily offer educational videos and interactive activities concerned with different aspects of rocket engineering and an astronaut's life in space.
Explore the vastness of space and the intricacies of earth with these exciting science projects and experiments! Learn about everything from caves to starry skies with hands-on projects for kids of all ages. Learn about convection currents, purify water using the sun, how to make a fossil cast, and much more! Check out our
Lauren T's insight:
Excellent array of experiments and science projects related to Earth science. These would make great at-home or extension activities for Stage 3 kids, or alternatively, to work on in small groups for in-class experiential learning, familiarising students with scientific methods of hypothesis and observation as well as the content material being covered.
The greater site contains project outlines in several other branches of the sciences and includes projects suitable for high school and early primary.
Information about each planet and moon in our solar system with many pictures, discussion of the history of its discovery, exploration, and physical characteristics. In addition to the planets, there are also pages about the Sun, many moons, and asteroids, comets and meteorites.
Lauren T's insight:
A fabulous interactive model of the solar system! The "tour" allows the viewer to move around and manipulate their view of our solar system (heliocentric, geocentric, and panoramatic views are available), visit planets, see distances between different bodies, get to know the stars and constellations around our solar system, and watch the planets orbit the sun at varying speeds. This is an excellent resource to introduce students to the solar system in a way that is both scientifically accurate and easily accessible to them. This site will also aid students in their conceptualisations of what planets, moons, constellations, etc. are, and how orbits function.
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