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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.

Physical Change

In this interactive lesson, students will be able to explain the difference between a physical change and a chemical change, as a result of watching the Spotlite video, learning the vocabulary collaboratively, and discussing the differences between physical and chemical change.

Type: Guide Lite
Grade Level: K-5

Solar Images

Interactive Lesson: In this activity participants will create a picture of the sun that can then be examined with colored filters to simulate how specialized instruments enable scientists to capture images and view different features of the sun.

Type: Guide Lite
Grade Level: K-5

Stars

In this interactive lesson, students will explain how a star's color indicates its surface temperature as a result of watching the NASA Spotlite video, learning the vocabulary collaboratively, and discussing a star's size and the position in its lifespan.

Type: Guide Lite
Grade Level: 9-12

NASA eClips Guide Lite: Testing... 1, 2, 3, Testing--Nondestructive Evaluation

Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) is the process of evaluating materials to detect and measure the presence of defects without causing damage to the material being tested. In this lesson, middle and high school students are introduced to NDE, refraction of light, and birefringence. Students test a variety of transparent plastics using polarizing filters and analyze the extent and degree of stress the materials have undergone by examining the birefringence produced.

Type: Guide Lite
Grade Level: 6-8,9-12

Revealing Magnetic Fields

Objective: To observe the magnetic field around a bar magnet.

Type: Guide Lite
Grade Level: K-5,6-8,9-12

Exploring Craters

In this activity students will use ultraviolet light to observe materials that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Type: Guide Lite
Grade Level: K-5,6-8,9-12

Crater Maps

In this activity participants will make a crater map and compare the geologic features of the moon to those on Earth.

Type: Guide Lite
Grade Level: K-5,6-8,9-12

Distance to the Moon

In this activity participants will use sports balls as scale models of Earth and the moon and use string to demonstrate the mathematical relationship between the size of Earth and the moon and the distance between the two.

Type: Guide Lite
Grade Level: K-5,6-8,9-12

Rose Colored Glasses

In this activity participants use colored filters to learn more about the electromagnetic spectrum to understand how the new camera on the Hubble Space Telescope helps scientist explore the universe.

Type: Guide Lite
Grade Level: K-5,6-8,9-12

The Colors of Ice

In this activity participants learn about light refraction and birefringence by viewing sculptures of transparent tape through polarized film.

Type: Guide Lite
Grade Level: K-5,6-8,9-12