Online Exploration:
Galaxies Galore, Games and More

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The Online Exploration Galaxies Galore, Games and More
includes several activities and is appropriate for both K-4 and 5-8.

 Learning Outcomes National Science Standards Project 2061 Standards McREL Standards and Benchmarks “Build Our Milky Way” activity: By using an interactive galaxy model, students will locate parts of and build the Milky Way and identify the location of Earth within it. Unifying Concepts and Processes. As a result of activities in grades K-12, all students should develop understanding and abilities aligned with evidence, models, and explanation. Models are tentative schemes or structures that correspond to real objects, event, or classes of events, and that have explanatory power. Content Standard B:Physical Science. As a result of the activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of the position and motion of objects The position of an object can be described by locating it relative to another object or the background. 11. Common Themes: B. Models. By the end of the 2nd grade, students should know that: A model of something is different from the real thing but can be used to learn something about the real thing. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that: Geometric figures, number sequences, graphs, diagrams, sketches, number lines, maps, and stories can be used to represent objects, events, and processes in the real world, although such representations can never be exact in every detail. “Galaxies Galore” activity: Students learn that galaxies come in different shapes and how astronomers classify them. Content Standard A:Science as Inquiry. As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understandings about scientific inquiry. Scientists use different kinds of investigations depending on the questions they are trying to answer. Types of investigations include describing objects, events, and organisms; classifying them; and doing a fair test (experimenting). Mathematics Standard 5. Level I (Grades K-2) Benchmark 3: Understands that geometric shapes are useful for representing and describing real world situations. “Galaxy Games: Galaxy Concentration” activity: Students practice observation skills by matching galaxy images using a computer as a tool. Content Standard A: Science as Inquiry. As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry. Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses. In early years, students develop simple skills, such as how to observe, measure, cut, connect, switch, turn on and off, pour, hold, tie, and hook. Beginning with simple instruments, students can use rulers to measure the length, height, and depth of objects and materials; thermometers to measure temperature; watches to measure time; beam balances and spring scales to measure weight and force; magnifiers to observe objects and organisms; and microscopes to observe the finer details of plants, animals, rocks, and other materials. Children also develop skills in the use of computers and calculators for conducting investigations.