Space Odyssey Online Guide

The Space Odyssey Online Teacher's Resource Guide has been developed to assist teachers in planning a comprehensive space program for their students. The guide provides easy access to grade-appropriate classroom activities, related exhibitry, Planetarium shows, and background information for four main concepts: the Solar System, Space Exploration, Deep Space, and Current Events in Space.


Background and Supplemental Information 

Current Events in Space (PDF | 550kb)

Deep Space (PDF | 224k)

Solar System (PDF | 96k)

Space Exploration (PDF | 540kb)


Grades K-3

Pre-Visit Activities

Cosmic Flipbooks (PDF | 72k)

Creative Constellations (PDF | 132k)

Moon Phases Dial (PDF | 600k)

Solar System Sing-Along (PDF | 112k)

What's Up in Space (PDF | 490kb)

Post-Visit Activities

Current Events in Space Tic-Tac-Toe (PDF | 570kb)

Deep Space Tic-Tac-Toe (PDF | 80k)

Edible Mars Maps (PDF | 108k)

Solar System Tic-Tac-Toe (PDF | 104k)

Space for Kids (PDF | 1.4MB)

Stars of Many Colors (PDF | 552k)


Grades 4-8

Pre-Visit Activities

Astronomical Address (PDF | 84k)

Edible Space Rocks (PDF | 76k)

Plan Your Own Field Trip (PDF | 92k)

Space Exploration Time Line (PDF | 600kb)

Space Explorers Trading Cards (PDF | 1MB)

Stellar Evolution Game (PDF | 112k)

What's Up in Space (PDF | 490kb)

Post-Visit Activities

Build a Space Station (PDF | 800kb)

Comparative Planetology (PDF | 100k)

Current Events in Space Tic-Tac-Toe (PDF | 570kb)

Deep Space Tic-Tac-Toe (PDF | 104k)

Design A Museum Exhibit (PDF | 96k)

Solar System Tic-Tac-Toe (PDF | 104k)

Space Exploration Tic-Tac-Toe (PDF | 900kb)

Space for Kids (PDF | 1.4MB)


Grades 9-12

Pre-Visit Activities

Cosmic Communication (PDF | 530kb)

Expansion of the Universe-The Doppler Effect (PDF | 96k)

Solar System Scale Models (PDF | 92k)

Stellar Classification (PDF | 204k)

Taking Apart the Light (PDF: 120k)

What's Up in Space (PDF | 500kb)

Post-Visit Activities

Cosmic Time Scales (PDF | 200k)

Cosmic Real Estate (PDF | 680kb)

Current Events in Space Tic-Tac-Toe (PDF | 560kb)

Deep Space Tic-Tac-Toe (PDF | 100k)

How Big Is Our Earth? (PDF| 88k)

Solar System Tic-Tac-Toe (PDF | 108k)

Space Exploration Tic-Tac-Toe (PDF | 900kb)

Space for Kids (PDF | 1.4MB)



NASA's home page can lead you in the right direction! Links to activities for students, information for teachers, and the latest information available from space can be found on this site.

Challenger Center
Challenger Center's Web site offers a valuable collection of downloadable resources, activities, and educational programs for students of all ages.

Zoom Astronomy
Enchanted Learning's Zoom Astronomy site offers a comprehensive unit of study that includes the solar system, stars, and many other related astronomy ideas. This site also has a link to a fantastic online illustrated astronomy glossary.

Space Kids
The Space Kids site offers students a wealth of online interactive games for learning about our solar system and beyond. Students can play games, watch video clips, or take a virtual tour of our solar system.

Space Place
The Space Place offers a wealth of online activities for students to learn about important space concepts. The site includes creative space projects and interactive trivia games, as well as online crossword puzzles and mazes for students to master.

Night Sky Resources
Find out what the night sky has to offer, then discover where and how to see it on the Museum's night sky resources page.

Astronomy Picture of the Day
This Web site features a different image each day along with a brief, scientific explanation by a professional astronomer. The site also features an archive of past pictures and links to other relevant sites.

NASA Explores
NASA explores offers a wealth of space science related activities for the K-12 teacher. It provides free weekly articles and activities on current NASA projects. You can also sign up for their weekly newsletter for the most up-to-date lesson postings available on their site.


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