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Middle School Resources

Looking for materials to supplement your classroom curriculum? Browse our curated collection of resources for middle 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.

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Sky Observers Hangout: Getting Close to Mars Part 2

In this episode of Sky Observers Hangout, we explore Mars from afar while it is at its closest to Earth for the next 15 years.

Category: Video
Length: 1 hour 7 min.
Grade Level: 6–8
Standards: HS-ESS1.B, PS2.A, MS-ESS1-3

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Sky Observers Hangout: Chicagohenge

In this episode of Sky Observers Hangout, your hosts will help you understand the solar spectacle called Chicagohenge, show you how to observe and photograph it in YOUR city, and share how we’ve built structures that work with solar patterns through the ages.

Category: Video
Length: 52 min.
Grade Level: 6–8
Standards: 1-ESS1-1, 1-ESS1-2, ESS1.A, ESS1.B, ESS2.D, MS-ESS1-1

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Adler Astronomy Live: Life on Venus

Join us for a special Q&A episode with Drs. Clara Sousa-Silva and Emily Drabek-Maunder the authors of the article on the discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus in the fall of 2020.

Category: Video
Length: 50 min.
Grade Level: 6–8
Standards: HS-ESS1-3

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Adler Astronomy Live: Constellations

Where do constellations come from? Can we invent new ones? And why are old star maps filled with impressive renditions of animals, human figures, and other real and imaginary objects? Join us to find out and how YOU can help us understand their history.

Category: Video
Length: 60 min.
Grade Level: 6–8
Standards: N/A

Sky Observers Hangout: The Summer Sky

Let’s get ready for warm nights of stargazing under the summer sky! With our astronomy educators, you will learn how to find the planets Jupiter and Saturn in the evening sky, and locate a few bright summer stars and constellations—including a starry dolphin. This episode of Sky Observers Hangout also highlights resources to help you see satellites with your eyes or binoculars.

Category: Video
Length: 48 min.
Grade Level: 6–8
Standards: ESS1, 5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-1

Sky Observers Hangout: The Fall Sky

Chillier days, red and gold leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only changes fall brings! The fall sky brings us new constellations and objects to observe as well, all with their own stories to tell. Cozy up with some warm drinks and blankets for this episode of Sky Observers Hangout, in which host Adriana shares a modern retelling of the story of Cassiopeia using images from the Adler’s archives to illustrate and host Michelle shows how to use your smartphone to capture these constellations yourself!

Category: Video
Length: 1 hour
Grade Level: 6–8
Standards: ESS1.A, ESS1.B, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY

Astronomy in 3 Minutes | Pinhole Projectors

Grab your cardboard boxes, some duct tape, and a light source—we’re exploring physics with pinhole projectors! Used as tools for investigating different light sources, they can also safely project the Sun during solar eclipses. Do not use these projectors to look directly at the Sun. Build your own pinhole projector and explore at home!

Category: Video
Length: 3 min.
Grade Level: 6–8
Standards: ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C, 4-PS4-2, PS4.B, MS-PS4-2

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