October 21, 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
-- SPACE MATH (3-12)
-- SMART BODIES COURSE (5-8)
-- NEW MERCURY IMAGES
-- READING, WRITING & RINGS (1-4)
-- HUBBLE FOR EDUCATORS
NASA offers a number of resources to teach students about astronomy and space science using mathematics and real-world problems.
Space Math @ NASA posts new batches of problems for students in grades 3-12 throughout the year. Problems descriptions include grade levels and skills from basics such as time conversions to algebra and trigonometry. For problems, go to
NASA also offers Space Math I, II and III for students in grades 7-9 and 9-12. These educator guides contain activities based on the practical mathematics applications in space science.
Topics include space weather, engineering issues, satellite orbit decay, magnetism, the Pythagorean Theorem, and order of operations and probability. To download copies of Space Math, go to
Smart Bodies: Activities for Teaching Health is a free evening course for middle school teachers featuring hands-on, investigative science for the classroom.
The course is being offered January 8- March 5 at the University of Washington. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive 2 credits of BIOL 491.
Topics include an introduction to experiments with cells and human genetics; activities and resources target nutrition, reproduction, bioethics, and more. Materials may be adapted for upper elementary and high school classes. For additional information, visit
This month NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft flew past Mercury and photographed a broad swath of never-before-seen terrain. The first of more than 1,200 high-resolution images have now arrived back at Earth.
For the whole story and links to the Mercury gallery, go to
"Reading, Writing, and Rings" utilize the planet Saturn and discoveries from NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission to engage elementary students in reading and writing.
The teacher-developed, standards-based materials are divided into two grade level units. For free lesson plans, go to
NASA has launched a new Hubble Space Telescope site with resources for educators. The site offers activities and resources for three primary themes: Hubble Careers, From Galileo to the Great Observatories, and the Hubble Walk: Spacesuits and Spacewalks.
Activities, resources, links to complementary sites, and notices of special events will be added throughout the year. The site will continue to follow the Hubble journey into 2010, Hubble's 20th anniversary. Visit the site at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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