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Space Weather Action Center
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Lesson Time: More Than an Hour
Body: Our Solar System, Sun, Earth
Mission: Earth Science Missions (Earth), Heliophysics Missions (Sun)

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Short Description: Imagine being able to monitor the progress of an entire solar storm from the time it erupts from our Sun until it sweeps past our small planet effecting enormous changes in our magnetic field. Now imagine being able to do all of this from your Space Weather Action Center (S.W.A.C.)! By following the basic steps in the Instructional Guide your class will soon be on its way to accessing, analyzing and recording NASA satellite and observatory data.

Why We Chose This Lesson
This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe
  • ESS2: Earth's Systems
  • PS2: Motion and Stability
  • PS3: Energy
  • PS4: Waves and their Applications

Read more: NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

Practices:

  • 1-Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • 2-Developing and using models
  • 3-Planning and carrying out investigations
  • 4-Analyzing and interpreting data
  • 5-Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • 6-Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  • 7-Engaging in argument from evidence
  • 8-Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Read more: Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 1-Patterns
  • 5-Energy and matter: flows, cycles and conversation
  • 7-Stability and change

Read more: NGSS Crosscutting Concepts

Credit: NASA Sun-Earth Day


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Last Updated: 22 Aug 2014