NASA's Space Place
 counting
 geometry
 patterns
 astronomy
 physics
 weather
 using and applying technology
 analyzing evidence
 applying information
 problem solving
 solving puzzles
Pros
An impressive mix of activities should keep kids interested, including games that involve comets and black holes, Earth photo galleries, and experiments that illustrate sound waves and other principles.Cons
Some projects require adult supervision, which kids may not ask for; younger kids may not have the patience to read some of the longer informational sections.Bottom Line
Activities, games, and other clever items make learning about science and space fun.A section for parents and teachers includes spacerelated info, activities, and links to additional external resources.
Games are more complex and interesting than those found on many sites for young kids, and activities come with detailed background information on the solar system and other sciencerelated topics.
The wellorganized site is packed with scientific info presented in a unique format, such as audio responses to questions. The only big drawback: Users don’t get much individual feedback on games and activities.
Kids will likely have fun checking out the site on their own, but it also contains materials geared toward educators. Many of the handson experiments would work well in a group or classroom setting for third to eightgrade students. A page of classroom activities provides about 50 project ideas; each includes a subject area label, making it easy for teachers to scan for relevant examples of scientific principles they’re covering in class. Likewise, a Parents & Educators tab features a selection of more than 45 activities, which also appear in other sections on the site – ranging from an Earth image gallery to firsthand space mission stories and mathrelated problems that involve distance and modeling, fraction use, and decimals.
Classroom activities, iPhone and iPad apps, information about an astronomy club partnering program, and other items are also included in a separate section for parents and teachers.
Read More Read LessNASA's Space Place is an education and public outreach project for elementary schoolage kids. A joint effort from NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology, and the International Technology and Engineering Education Association, this interactive collection of information boasts a whole lot of brain power behind it. The site features lively descriptions of different concepts that relate to five general topics: the sun, Earth, solar system, space, and people and technology. Each activity and item is clearly marked as something kids can explore, do, or play.
Standout games:
• “Wild Weather Adventure”  Race other blimps by answering climaterelated questions to advance around the world.
• “Explore the Solar System!”  Complete missions involving planets on an interactive map by defeating gravity and avoiding planetary rings and other obstacles.
• “Black Hole Rescue!”  Capture words, one letter at a time, before they’re pulled in by a black hole’s gravity.
The games, which illustrate principles such as how a black hole works, are interesting and informative. Younger kids may be a little confused by the sometimes lengthy directions, but there are enough galaxyrelated craft ideas, images of the sun, and other items on NASA's Space Place to keep kids occupied, even if they aren't strong readers yet.
Many games do a great job of reinforcing the scientific concepts kids learn about on the site. For example, one encourages players to pilot a weather research blimp by answering sciencerelated questions. To further spark kids’ interest in space, the site also features activities such as online coloring pages and crossword puzzles.
Read More Read LessKey Standards Supported
Language  
L.4: Knowledge of Language  
L.4.3  Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. 
L.5: Vocabulary acquisition and Use  
L.5.4  Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiplemeaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. 
L.6: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use  
L.6.6  Acquire and use accurately gradeappropriate general academic and domainspecific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. 
L.7: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use  
L.7.4  Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiplemeaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. 
L.7.6  Acquire and use accurately gradeappropriate general academic and domainspecific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. 
L.8: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use  
L.8.4  Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiplemeaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. 
Reading Foundational Skills  
RF.3: Fluency  
RF.3.4  Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. 
RF.3.4a  Read onlevel text with purpose and understanding. 
RF.5: Fluency  
RF.5.4  Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. 
RF.5.4a  Read onlevel text with purpose and understanding. 
Reading Informational  
RI.3: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  
RI.3.7  Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur). 
RI.4: Craft and Structure  
RI.4.4  Determine the meaning of general academic and domainspecific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area. 
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  
RI.4.7  Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears. 
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity  
RI.4.10  By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. 
RI.7: Craft and Structure  
RI.7.4  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone. 
RI.8: Craft and Structure  
RI.8.4  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts. 
Reading Science/Technical  
RST.68: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  
RST.68.7  Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table). 
RST.68.9  Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic. 
Key Ideas and Details  
RST.68.3  Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks. 
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity  
RST.68.10  By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. 
Speaking & Listening  
SL.6: Comprehension and Collaboration  
SL.6.2  Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study. 
SL.7: Comprehension and Collaboration  
SL.7.2  Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study. 
Writing  
W.7: Research to Build and Present Knowledge  
W.7.7  Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation. 
Expressions And Equations  
6.EE: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Arithmetic To Algebraic Expressions.  
6.EE.2.c  Evaluate expressions at specific values of their variables. Include expressions that arise from formulas used in realworld problems. Perform arithmetic operations, including those involving whole number exponents, in the conventional order when there are no parentheses to specify a particular order (Order of Operations). For example, use the formulas V = s3 and A = 6 s2 to find the volume and surface area of a cube with sides of length s = 1/2. 
7.EE: Solve RealLife And Mathematical Problems Using Numerical And Algebraic Expressions And Equations.  
7.EE.3  Solve multistep reallife and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies. For example: If a woman making $25 an hour gets a 10% raise, she will make an additional 1/10 of her salary an hour, or $2.50, for a new salary of $27.50. If you want to place a towel bar 9 3/4 inches long in the center of a door that is 27 1/2 inches wide, you will need to place the bar about 9 inches from each edge; this estimate can be used as a check on the exact computation. 
8.EE: Understand The Connections Between Proportional Relationships, Lines, And Linear Equations.  
8.EE.5  Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways. For example, compare a distancetime graph to a distancetime equation to determine which of two moving objects has greater speed. 
Functions  
8.F: Define, Evaluate, And Compare Functions.  
8.F.2  Compare properties of two functions each represented in a different way (algebraically, graphically, numerically in tables, or by verbal descriptions). For example, given a linear function represented by a table of values and a linear function represented by an algebraic expression, determine which function has the greater rate of change. 
Geometry  
3.G: Reason With Shapes And Their Attributes.  
3.G.2  Partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole. For example, partition a shape into 4 parts with equal area, and describe the area of each part as 1/4 of the area of the shape. 
4.G Draw And Identify Lines And Angles, And Classify Shapes By Properties Of Their Lines And Angles.  
5.G: Graph Points On The Coordinate Plane To Solve RealWorld And Mathematical Problems.  
5.G.2  Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation. 
7.G: Draw, Construct, And Describe Geometrical Figures And Describe The Relationships Between Them.  
7.G.1  Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale. 
8.G: Understand Congruence And Similarity Using Physical Models, Trans Parencies, Or Geometry Software.  
8.G.1.a  Lines are taken to lines, and line segments to line segments of the same length. 
Measurement And Data  
3.MD: Geometric Measurement: Understand Concepts Of Area And Relate Area To Multiplication And To Addition.  
3.MD.5  Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement. 
4.MD: Geometric Measurement: Understand Concepts Of Angle And Measure Angles.  
4.MD.5  Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement: 
4.MD.5.a  An angle is measured with reference to a circle with its center at the common endpoint of the rays, by considering the fraction of the circular arc between the points where the two rays intersect the circle. An angle that turns through 1/360 of a circle is called a “onedegree angle,” and can be used to measure angles. 
5.MD: Geometric Measurement: Understand Concepts Of Volume And Relate Volume To Multiplication And To Addition.  
5.MD.3.b  A solid figure which can be packed without gaps or overlaps using n unit cubes is said to have a volume of n cubic units. 
5.MD.4  Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units. 
4.NF: Understand Decimal Notation For Fractions, And Compare Decimal Fractions.  
4.NF.6  Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100. For example, rewrite 0.62 as 62/100; describe a length as 0.62 meters; locate 0.62 on a number line diagram. 
Operations And Algebraic Thinking  
5.OA: Analyze Patterns And Relationships.  
5.OA.3  Generate two numerical patterns using two given rules. Identify apparent relationships between corresponding terms. Form ordered pairs consisting of corresponding terms from the two patterns, and graph the ordered pairs on a coordinate plane. For example, given the rule “Add 3” and the starting number 0, and given the rule “Add 6” and the starting number 0, generate terms in the resulting sequences, and observe that the terms in one sequence are twice the corresponding terms in the other sequence. Explain informally why this is so. 
Ratios And Proportional Relationships  
6.RP: Understand Ratio Concepts And Use Ratio Reasoning To Solve Problems.  
6.RP.3.a  Make tables of equivalent ratios relating quantities with whole number measurements, find missing values in the tables, and plot the pairs of values on the coordinate plane. Use tables to compare ratios. 
The Number System  
6.NS: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Numbers To The System Of Rational Numbers.  
6.NS.5  Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values (e.g., temperature above/below zero, elevation above/below sea level, credits/debits, positive/negative electric charge); use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in realworld contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation. 
7.NS: Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Operations With Fractions To Add, Subtract, Multiply, And Divide Rational Numbers.  
7.NS.1  Apply and extend previous understandings of addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational numbers; represent addition and subtraction on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram. 
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