Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

August 28, 2008

WSGC Newsletter for Educators

The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium's electronic newsletter for teachers provides curriculum ideas, Internet links and other resources to help you better meet the Washington EALRs and the National Science Education Standards.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

-- LIVING WITH A STAR
-- TYING MATH TO CULTURE (K-2)
-- MUSEUM OF FLIGHT OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- FIRST BOOKS AVAILABLE
-- NEW EARTH VIEWS AVAILABLE

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LIVING WITH A STAR

What if you woke up one morning and found your whole planet had been swallowed by the atmosphere of a star? Don't laugh, it could happen to you, and NASA has a special program to deal with it. See the full story at

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/19aug_lws.htm?list820645

TYING MATH TO CULTURE (K-2)

"As Easy as Tlèix', Dèex, Nàs'k: Tying Math to Culture" is a digital workshop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and focuses on numeration, number sense and place value.

The workshop shows ways to reinforce these concepts to Alaska Native and American Indian children through culturally rich experiences. Activities modeled help children to understand basic number sense and to solidify their grasp of place value. Central to the approach taken is to teach mathematics through culture and culture through mathematics.

For more information, go to

https://www.t2tweb.us/NativeAmerican/123.asp

MUSEUM OF FLIGHT OPEN HOUSE (K-12)

On Oct. 11, K-12 educators, administrators and their families can enjoy The Museum of Flight free of charge. Visitors can explore the exhibits, learn about the museum's educational programs, and discover air and space resources, products, and programs.

The educator open house takes place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, call 206-768-7228 or e-mail

edevents@museumofflight.org

FIRST BOOKS AVAILABLE

The Department of Education teamed with First Book and Random House Children's Books to launch the 2008 Summer Reading Initiative, the first stage in distributing over 850,000 free, new Random House children's books to schools, libraries and literacy organizations serving low-income youth. The availability and distribution of the remaining 300,000 books will be announced later this month.

To be eligible, an organization must serve children where at least 50 percent are from low-income households; or be a Title I or Title I eligible school; or be a military family support program. Schools, libraries and organizations interested in obtaining books are encouraged to register online at

http://www.firstbook.org/register

NEW EARTH VIEWS AVAILABLE

The image gallery from ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) offers unique views of archeological sites, natural hazards (including volcanoes), geological features and more.

ASTER is an imaging instrument flying on Terra, a satellite launched in December 1999 as part of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS). ASTER is a cooperative effort between NASA, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Japan's Earth Remote Sensing Data Analysis Center (ERSDAC). To tour the image gallery, go to

http://asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery.asp

FEEDBACK

Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at isvete@u.washington.edu

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