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PQRST Journal

                  The A-Z (or at least P-T) template for helping your students process a phenomenon, play to learn, identify variables, design an experiment, conduct experiment to collect data, make a claim supported by evidence with scientific reasoning to explain it, and then keep thinking in questions. Provided…

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Matchbox Car PQRST

              This powerful lesson will not only teach students how to identify variables, design a scientific experiment, collect data, make a CER (claim, evidence, and reasoning) based on their experiment, and continue thinking in questions, it will also teach them girls can do anything! Using the inspiring story of…

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REAL Primary Colors PQRST

              How does your eye see a red apple? Explore this question using a phenomenon driven storyline to engage students in exploring how the eye works and how we create color using light and using pigments. And, for physics sake, please let the experiment with the REAL primary colors,…

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Finding Habitable Planets – Activity 4

In this activity, students will learn that stars have different properties, such as temperature, size, and lifespan. They will also learn that stellar properties determine the conditions for planets around them, hence affect which planets might be habitable.

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Detecting Exoplanets – Activity 3

In this activity, students will first familiarize with the ZOONIVERSE project named “Planet Hunters TESS” and learn how to spot a transiting planet in a star lightcurve. Next, they will inspect a specific lightcurve and derive from it two main planet properties.

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Scaled Trappist-1 Planetary System – Activity 2

In this activity, students will compare the architecture of our Solar System with that of the recently discovered TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. This system surrounds a star that is less than a tenth of the Sun’s mass. As this type of stars are the most common ones in the Galaxy, TRAPPIST-1-like planetary systems could be the…

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Scaled Solar System – Activity 1

In this activity, students will explore the vastness of the distances between planets in our Solar System and learn about the planets’ relative sizes by creating a classroom scale model of the Solar System.

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