Space

Image by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Space is a deservedly popular and 'vast' topic that fuels the imaginations of young and old. These online resources include interactive games and activities and sites full of space facts and figures, images and videos. Relates to the curriculum topic, Space. SCIS 1525196.

See also Space exploration


Astronomy for Kids

A child-friendly US website that has links from the home page to information for primary school children on the solar system, sun, meteorites, stars, galaxies, planets, the moon, comets, asteroids, and more – as well as a dictionary. Simple language, with information given in brief bullet points. Great images from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.frontiernet.net/~kidpower/astronomy.html


BBC

Explore elements of space on this interactive BBC site.

Suggested level: intermediate.
www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/


BBC Bitesize

This link has bite size information on aspects of the solar system, from day and night, the moon to eclipses.

Suggested level: primary
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/environment_earth_universe/astronomy_space/revision/1/


Christchurch City Libraries’ Space and Astronomy

The Christchurch City Libraries’ Space and Astronomy resources provides a comprehensive list of links with a New Zealand focus for students and teachers.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
christchurchcitylibraries.com/Science/Astronomy/


KidsAstronomy

KidsAstronomy.com, part of the KidsKnowIt Network. This American site presents information through graphics, games, activities, fun facts and resources for children of all ages and their teachers. The Astronomy News page is updated daily.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.kidsastronomy.com/


ManyAnswers

To discover information on the schoolwork site ManyAnswers use the search term space.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://manyanswers.co.nz/


NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA's Kids Club

NASA's public web portal is organised so users can take multiple paths to information. Special portions of the web site have been created for kids, students and teachers. Includes information on the 40th Anniversary of the first moon landing.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html


Our Solar System

An excellent site, which contains facts, photos, news, videos and much more about our solar system from National Geographic.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system


ScienceKids

A child-friendly site with well-presented facts about the moon and planets, sun and stars, with enough weird and wacky information to keep young learners fascinated. Includes, among a variety of science topics, astronomy quizzes, images, videos, facts, and science fair project ideas.

Suggested level: primary
www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/space.html


Tour of the Solar System

This website is an overview of the history, mythology and current scientific knowledge of the planets, moons and other objects in our solar system.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
www.nineplanets.org/


Windows to the universe

This site contains scientific information on the solar system plus mythology of the solar system and universe from many countries. Produced by the National Earth Sciences Teachers Association.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
www.windows2universe.org/our_solar_system/solar_system.html


EPIC

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online has a huge range of information on space. A school log on and password is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Another day in the Milky Way, by David Milgrim, 2007 (picture book)
First kids in space, by Tristan Bancks, 2011 (junior fiction)
George and the Big Bang, by Lucy Hawking, 2011 (junior fiction)
The Loon on the Moon, by Chae Strathie, 2010 (picture book)
Space race, by Glynne MacLean, 2011 (junior fiction)
Star Seeker, by Theresa Heine, 2005 (picture book)

Video

Videos related to Space revealed, Science Learning Hub
www.sciencelearn.org.nz/Contexts/Space-Revealed/Sci-Media/Video

Tides- by Study Jams, Scholastic
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/tides.htm

Solar System Lesson for Kids | Learn about Planets, Stars, Galaxy. Turtlediary. YouTube. 3:53
www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5bVZTpVxy4