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Space Science Curriculum Standards Quilt
NASA standards-based science lessons organized by topic and instructional theme.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Advanced, Professional

http://quilt.jpl.nasa.gov/science/frame.cfm

CONTENT:
This interactive site from NASA offers K-12 activities and lesson plans for teaching about space science.
AESTHETICS:
This cleverly designed site is interactive and user-friendly. The layout resembles a patchwork quilt.
ORGANIZATION:
This well-organized site allows users to select the grade range and then highlights the "patches" where activities and lessons can be found. The materials coordinate with themes such as "Science as an Inquiry" and topics such as "Energy." The links to the downloadable lesson plans are then displayed at the bottom of the page.

REVIEW:
These ready-to-use lesson plans and activities, provided by NASA, are all standards-based and age-appropriate. Topic areas include: Sky, Planetary Objects, Apparent Motion, Patterns, Stars, Matter, Energy, and more. Themes include: Science as an Inquiry, Technology Connections, Personal/Social Connections, Nature and History of Science, and Unifying Concepts and Processes. Users must first choose a grade level to display the highlighted patches on the interactive quilt. When a highlighted patch is clicked, a summary of the available lesson plans is displayed in the box at the bottom of the page. Each lesson plan or activity can be downloaded in .pdf format.

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