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Educator Guides

Educator Guides

NASA eClips™ Educator Guides provide examples of ways teachers may effectively use video segments as an instructional tool. Each guide includes instructional objectives, background information, links to video clips, instructions for implementing inquiry-based lessons, additional resources related to the topic and suggestions for extending or modifying lessons. All lessons are presented in the 5-E delivery model and are aligned to national standards for science, math, and technology.

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Guide Lites

Guide Lites

Guide Lites are individual activities from approved NASA eClips™ Educator Guides that are well-suited for informal settings. Each Guide Lite includes the lesson objectives and a list of materials, which are inexpensive and readily available. Lessons are organized using an Engage, Explain and Extend section. NASA eClips™ video segments that support each activity are identified in the lesson.

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Engineering Design Packets

Engineering Design Packets

Use these design packets to introduce students to a formal design process. Students answer questions about each step of their design process. A rubric is included to assist with evaluation. These open-ended packets can be applied to any design project and can be used to enhance existing curriculum.

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Technology Tools

Technology Tools

Within Technology Tools, teachers can find assorted technology resources that enhance the use of NASA eClips™ video segments and NASA eClips™ educator guides. Resources may include modeling and simulation tools or interactive data displays.

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Miscellaneous

Bubble Habitat/ Planetarium

Bubble Habitat/ Planetarium

Make a giant versatile bubble habitat for students to climb inside. Rolls of 3 to 4 mil plastic (25 feet by 10 feet) work best. Mil is the designation used for plastic thickness; each mil is one thousandth of an inch in thickness. Thinner plastic is not durable enough and heavier plastics do not inflate well. Follow the directions, using duct tape to secure the sides of the bubble and seal the area around the box fan. The edges of the slit used for the doorway may also be reinforced using the duct tape, adding durability and making entry and exit easy. Black plastic may be used as an inflatable planetarium. Flashlights and constellation cutouts can be used to project light onto the dome or small LCD projectors and free online planetarium software can be used to project sky images.

Trading Cards

Trading Cards

NASA eClips™ trading cards are perfect for sharing with students in the classroom or handing out at public outreach events. Each card portrays a specific NASA eClips™ video, including the main website and QR code for immediate video viewing.

The 5E Instructional Model

The 5E Instructional Model

This model describes a teaching sequence that can be used for entire programs, specific units and individual lessons. NASA eClips™ supports the 5E constructivist learning cycle, helping students build their own understanding from experiences and new ideas.

Virtual Vocabulary

Virtual Vocabulary

The virtual vocabulary list can be used on its own or to support the Elementary and Secondary Design Guides. This easy-to-use resource provides educators access to frequently used terms. Terms can be copied and pasted into a "build-your-own" 5-E lesson plan.