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Online Explorations
Galaxies Galore, Games and More
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Like snowflakes, no two galaxies are alike. Find out how to tell the difference.
Description

Online Exploration: Galaxies Galore, Games and More is designed to allow elementary students to use their observational, pattern recognition, and classification skills to learn about galaxies. In these activities students will become acquainted with the structure of their home galaxy, learn the location of the solar system in the Milky Way galaxy, and identify the three main types of galaxies: spiral, elliptical, and irregular.

Online interactive
K-5, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher's discretion
How to use in the classroom

Online Exploration: Galaxies Galore, Games and More can be used to enhance students' observational, pattern recognition, and classification skills while learning about galaxies.

Special features of this activity include "Galaxy Gossip" and "Galaxy Gallery," which can be accessed through buttons on many of the individual pages. Each "Galaxy Gossip" has additional related facts about the topic being developed; "Galaxy Gallery" supplies additional images that extend the concept. Both sections can be used in a variety of ways. For example, students could select topics for homework assignments, oral reports, or independent research papers. Teachers may find that using selected topics from the "Galaxy Gossip" section is an interesting way to solicit new thinking about galaxies.

For more suggestions about how to use this activity in the classroom, access the lesson plan by clicking on the Teaching Tips button found on the first page of the activity. A science background component (the "All About Galaxies" button) contains information about galaxies that may be used by teachers and students. Other resources (the "Galaxy Links" button) include the images used in the activity, related web sites, and references. Specific information about computer requirements (the "Computer Needs" button) can also be found on the first page of the activity. In addition, "How to prepare for an online 'Amazing Space' activity" provides tips for setting up and using this activity in the classroom.

Related materials

Printer-friendly: Galaxy Trading Cards

Amazing Space resources by topic: Galaxies

Printable Parts

The printable images used in the activity are listed in the Grab Bag section, which can found by clicking on "Galaxy Links" on the first page of the activity.