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Dissecting diagrams

Students will explore the value of diagrams, what information they should include and how to draw them. This discussion can be used with any science- or engineering-related article that contains a diagram.

Geologist for a day

Rocks found across the world offer clues to geological processes, as well as the history of Earth and the rest of the solar system. In this activity, students will review types of rocks and the rock cycle and will apply that knowledge to interpret data on two rock samples.
EHT black hole

2019 Year in Review

This guide, based on the biggest science stories of 2019 as reported by Science News, asks students to read and dissect a story of their choice and practice their summarizing skills. An activity from the Digital Library asks students to analyze and graph data about the moon’s orbit.

Ten top science stories from 2019

Students will answer questions about one of Science News’ Top 10 stories of 2019.

Lunar orbit

Students will practice analyzing and graphing data about the moon’s orbit. The activity will help students understand the Earth-moon system and the nature of elliptical orbits.
neutron star merger

Strontium Found in Neutron Star Crash

This guide, based on the Science News article “Strontium found in neutron star crash,” asks students to explore how elements are created. An activity from the Digital Library will help students understand the life cycle of stars and how stars produce various elements.

How are elements created?

Students will explore how elements are created — in nature and in the lab — while focusing on the concepts of atomic structure, stability and stellar evolution.

Stellar smashup creates elements

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article “Strontium found in neutron star crash.”
an illustration of the Kuiper Belt

Kuiper Belt Dust May Be Sprinkled in Our Atmosphere

This guide asks students to put astronomical scales in context, think about how scientists study phenomena that are distant in space or time and analyze data.

Dusty data dive

Students will practice analyzing and graphing data using two data tables from a primary research study about space dust.

Measure the universe

These discussion prompts help students think about the scale of the solar system and universe, and how scientists study phenomena that are hard to reach in space or very distant in time.

Rethinking space dust origins

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Kuiper belt dust may be sprinkled in our atmosphere."