Lesson Plans

Make science come alive through these standards based activities and lessons. Feel free to personalize the downloadable Lab Sheets and Power Points for your needs.

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After doing the Build a Spectrograph and Use your Spectrograph activities your students can use real spectra lines to determine what makes up three mystery stars.


Did you know you can use different types of light to investigate ice? Explore the properties of ice using different wavelengths of light.  

Milky way over Great Basin

Students will learn about natural and artificial forms of light, and how light pollution affects our view of the night sky.  

Star Sizes

How big is our star? How does it compare to other stars in the universe? How enormous can stars be? In this activity students use math and imagination to construct a scaled model of stellar sizes...

How do animals and plants survive on Earth? By utilizing the sun’s energy! In this fun activity students will create a “solar web” to visualize how the sun’s energy is the basis for life on Earth...

GBO image of LRGB

What are stars and constellations? Use marshmallows, toothpicks, and spaghetti to better understand the familiar shapes in our night sky.

The distances between our planets are so vast they are almost incomprehensible. Visualize the expansiveness of our “cosmic neighborhood” with a roll of toilet paper!

How can we possibly know what stars are made of? In this activity (Part 2 after Build a Spectrograph) students move through stations to chart spectra of different light sources,...

Light pollution can be a difficult concept to explain. In this mini lesson, students better understand the basics of light pollution through a demonstration and discussion before moving on to...

How small is Earth compared to Jupiter or Saturn?  How much bigger are the gas giants to the terrestrial planets? Have students use Play-Doh to find out in this perfectly scaled and perfectly fun...