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4th grade Learning Object

4th grade Learning Object

This is a great site for students to learn about the planets(Kids Astronomy).  Great activities to ingage the student and help them learn about the planets.  The site is also good for teachers to get info for their lessons.  Great pictures
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Lindsay Meyer
Lindsay Meyer (Student)
9 years ago
This is a great astronomy web site for kids to navigate through. The solar system home page features a moving diagram with the planets all revolving around the sun. It is a great tool to give kids a general idea of how the planets are laid out and how they revolve around the sun. Each planet has a link that pops up as you scroll over it that takes you to a specific page on that planet. Each page has a great photo that seems like a live feed because it is a moving photo. There is a lot of information provided on each planet and it is all written in a tone that is comprehensible for students. There are also the same links available on that page for all the planets' moons and for asteroids and comets as well. Students can also learn about deep space and access links to information on black holes, stars, and nebulas to name a few. There is a link to space exploration that gives students an opportunity to see what we are developing for future space exploration. On this page there is a very fascinating link on Mars exploration and what the future holds for visiting Mars. There are a lot of great and creative lessons that could be designed from the information on that page. Additionally, there is a page to learn about the constellations and to actually detect them on the page. This page also features the phases of the moon. The website offers a free online class as well with numerous assignments. All in all, this is a great tool to use for teaching astronomy in the classroom.

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This website is very easy to navigate and use. There are many links, all of which are clearly identified and working properly. The motion of the planet photos is a great addition to the website.
Time spent reviewing site: 60 minutes.
Carmen Hubis
Carmen Hubis (Student)
9 years ago
This site has lots of good basic information about the solar system, particularly the planets and their moons.  It is great for kids and educators. It makes learning interesting and fun for students. It provides free online lessons, which consists of packets with assignments that are designed for ages 7-11 and 12-18. This is a wonderful resource. It is also nice that it is updated and states that Pluto is no longer considered the 9th planet, but is referred to as a dwarf planet.

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This website is user friendly and provides easy access for students and teachers.
Time spent reviewing site: I spent about 60 minutes looking at this particular site.