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For Teachers

MESSENGER Education Modules:
Comparative Planetology

The Module’s goal is to understand the planets as individual worlds and as part of a larger family of the Solar System by studying their similarities and differences. The Module offers a look at what we know about our family of planets, and what we do not know. It also addresses what is currently known about the formation and evolution of the Solar System.

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Voyage

messenger spacecraft in orbit around mercury
The Voyage Continues

collage of forms of ice
Exploring Ice in the Solar System

Voyage

The Voyage education unit uses the remarkable power of models to provide an understanding of Earth’s place in the Solar System and the Sun’s place among the stars. The unit was developed by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education to help bring the excitement of the Voyage: a Journey Through Our Solar System exhibition to classrooms around the world. The programming and lessons associated with the Voyage exhibition are delivered through the Center’s Journey through the Universe program. The Voyage Education Module page provides an overview of the Module, overviews of each grade level unit, descriptions of all lessons, as well as downloadable PDF files of the lessons. Click on the lessons below for direct links to the lesson PDFs.

Grades Lessons
K-2 Making Models to Understand our Home A View of Home from the Front Door and from Space Taking a Voyage Away from Home
3-4 Modeling Patterns and Cycles in Our Lives Designing a Scale Model of the Solar System Voyage Through the Solar System
5-8 Our Solar System Voyage of Discovery How Far is Far?
9-12 A Scale Model Solar System The Voyage Scale Model Solar System

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The Voyage Continues

The Voyage Continues education unit continues the exploration of the Solar System using the power of models to take a closer look into Solar System objects and phenomena. These lessons were developed by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education to help bring the excitement of the Voyage: a Journey Through Our Solar System exhibition to classrooms around the world. The programming and lessons associated with the Voyage exhibition are delivered through the Center’s Journey through the Universe program. The Voyage Education Module page provides an overview of the Module, overviews of each grade level unit, descriptions of all lessons, as well as downloadable PDF files of the lessons. Click on the lessons below for direct links to the lesson PDFs.

The grade 5-8 component of Voyage Continues includes:

Grades 5-8 Lessons
Going through a Phase Round and Round We Go—Exploring Orbits in the Solar System Where to Look for Life?
Is There Anyone Out There? Comets: Bringers of Life? Impact Craters: A Look at the Past

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Exploring Ice in the Solar System

The Exploring Ice in the Solar System education unit examines the importance of water in the form of ice in the Solar System. From hands-on experiences with ice, the unit moves on to investigating ice in everyday life, in polar regions on Earth, and throughout the Solar System. The unit was developed by the Carnegie Institution of Washington Carnegie Academy for Science Education as part of their astrobiology program.

Grades
Pre-K - 5
Lessons
  Inquiry Icebreaker: An Ice Experience
  Lesson 1:Melting and Freezing Lesson 2:Ice Has Structure Lesson 3:Ice Is a Mineral
  Lesson 4:Ice Floats Lesson 5:Ice Flows Lesson 6:Snow is Ice
  Lesson 7:Layers of Ice Lesson 8:Life in Icy Places Lesson 9:Ice in Space
  Lesson 10:Comets Lesson 11:Investigating Icy Worlds Lesson 12:Ice in the Shadows

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