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Astro-Venture Atmospheric Science Training

Astronomy is broken down into 4 parts, an introduction and a resource section. Each is available in a separate PDF file that can be downloaded, printed and duplicated. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download these files.

Introduction | PDF (1.2mb)
Lesson 1 | PDF (2.3mb)
Lesson 2 | PDF (1.9mb)
Lesson 3 | PDF (1.5mkb)
Lesson 4 | PDF (1.8mb)
Lesson 5 | PDF (2.1mb)
Lesson 6 | PDF (2.9mb)
Lesson 7 | PDF (2.5kb)
Lesson 8 | PDF (905kb)
Lesson 9 | PDF (5.5mb)
Astro-Venture Atmospheric Science Training Unit Correlation to California Standards
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Astro-Venture Atmospheric Science Training Unit Overview
The Astro-Venture Atmospheric Science Lessons have been developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the purpose of increasing students’ awareness of and interest in astrobiology and the many career opportunities that utilize science, math and technology skills. The lessons are designed for educators to use with students in grades 5-8 in conjunction with the Astro-Venture multimedia modules on the Astro-Venture Web site.
Atmospheric Science Introduction
The Atmospheric Science unit, objectives, standards, lesson structure and rubrics are explained in detail in the following document.
Astro-Venture Atmospheric Science Introduction PDF (1.2 MB)
Lesson 1 : Atmospheric Science Training Module
Students review the basic requirements for human survival. Using an online, multimedia module, they change amounts of gases in our atmosphere and draw conclusions about the amount of each gas that is necessary for human survival.
Astro-Venture Lesson 1 PDF (2.3 MB)
Lesson 2: Building Blocks of Matter
Students are introduced to atoms, molecules and elements. They explore the differences in the bonds of atoms of different elements and how atoms stick together and bond to form molecules.
Astro-Venture Lesson 2 PDF (1.9 MB)
Lesson 3: Green house Gases: Carbon Dioxide and Water Vapor
Students explore the unique properties of greenhouse gases, which allow these gases to influence the surface temperature of a planet.
Astro-Venture Lesson 3 PDF (910 KB)
Lesson 4: The Flow of Matter--Chemical Change and Conservation of Matter
Students are introduced to chemical change and the conservation of matter during different types of chemical changes.
Astro-Venture Lesson 4 PDF (1.5 MB)
Lesson 5: Oxygen, Oxidation, and Combustion
Students are introduced to exothermic reactions that involve oxidation.
Astro-Venture Lesson 5 PDF (2.1 MB)
Lesson 6: Stratospheric Ozone and Ultraviolet Light
Students explore how the creation and destruction of ozone protects us from ultraviolet radiation (UV). Students kinesthetically model the depletion of ozone caused by chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) molecules.
Astro-Venture Lesson 6 PDF (2.9 MB)
Lesson 7: Nitrogen: The Effects from Properties versus Amount
Students explore the benefits to life of an inert gas (nitrogen).
Astro-Venture Lesson 7 PDF (2.5 KB)
Lesson 8: Atmospheric Chemistry Conclusion: Summarizing Learning
Students will incorporate all the concepts learned in previous lessons.
Astro-Venture Lesson 8 PDF (679 MB)
Lesson 9: Atmosphere Mission
Students use an online, multimedia module to simulate the techniques that scientists might use to find a planet that has the atmospheric conditions required for human habitability. They learn about NASA research and careers in atmospheric sciences.
Astro-Venture Lesson 9 PDF (5.5 MB)
Astro-Venture Atmospheric Science Training Unit Correlation to California Standards
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