High School Resources

Looking for materials to supplement your classroom curriculum? Browse our curated collection of resources for high school teachers and give your students the Moon and the stars. Activities are labeled with suggested grade level, curriculum standards, and estimated length to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Raíces Bajo las Estrellas / Rooted Under the Stars

We demonstrate the amazing contributions of Latinx astronomers, astrophysicists, astrophotographers, and scientists in these fields, show barriers resulting from racial biases that need to be overcome, and provide advice and inspiration to future Latinx generations.

Category: Online Exhibition
Length:
30 min.
Grade Level:
9–12
Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.9

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LIGO Discovers Gravitational Waves

The universe is speaking and now we are listening! Former Adler astronomer, Dr. Shane L. Larson, is a member of an international scientific team that, in 2015, was the first to definitively detect a gravitational wave: a ripple in the fabric of spacetime first predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916.

Category: Video
Length:
3 min.
Grade Level:
9–12
Standards:
PS2.B, PS4.A, PS4.C, ETS1.C, HS-PS2-4

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Adler Astronomy Live: Space Ethics

🚀  Going to space is about more than the technical challenges of launching a rocket—it’s also about the way we explore, who can be an explorer, and what we choose to do in space! This discussion addresses ethical choices we face and how they guide the future of both human and robotic space exploration. 🤖

Category: Video
Length:
55 min.  
Grade Level:
9–12
Standards:
N/A

Skywatch Wednesday

Skywatch Wednesday is a newer series created in 2020 helping prepare people for what to look for in the night sky on a particular week. A new episode launches on Wednesdays at noon CT on the Adler YouTube channel.

Category: Video
Length: 7–10 min.
Grade Level: 9–12
Standards: HS-ESS1.A/HS-SS2-2, HS-ESS1.B

Solar Eclipses and Lunar Eclipses Explained

There are several topics in astronomy that get lots of people excited: naked-eye visible comets, bright planets, auroras…but eclipses are generally at the top of the observing list for many of us. ☄️ We love seeing the Sun or Moon look different from how they normally appear. 🌕

Category: Blog
Length: 15 min.
Grade Level: 9–12
Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY, 1-ESS1-1, ESS1.A, ESS1.B, MS-ESS1-1, HS-ESS1, HS-ESS1-4

Adler Astronomy Live! - Mapping a Billion Stars

During this previously live, recorded virtual event we’re talking about the Gaia Telescope and low mass stars. 🔭 The Gaia telescope is a European Space Agency mission to map the Milky Way like never before. Its work has revealed a wealth of new information about our galaxy, including the lowest-mass objects hiding under our noses, a Milky Way merger that happened when the galaxy was just an infant, and other tremendous stories that help us discern information about our past and future. 🌌 Join us as we review the latest results on mapping the galaxy and discuss how you can participate through a unique citizen science project called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9.

Category: Video
Length: 45 min.
Grade Level: 9–12
Standards: HS-ESS1.A

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