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5th Grade

Solar System & Stars
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Gravity Launch

If you throw a ball into the air, it falls back down to the ground. Why? Because the Earth’s gravity pulls it in! Gravity Launch is an interactive game lets students work against gravity to launch rockets from Earth! Students can see the effect of the gravity of the Moon and the Earth as they evaluate the path of the rockets to accomplish their goal of reaching the moon!
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Earth, Sun & Moon

Learn about the Earth, Sun & Moon’s orbits as you experiment with different dates and times in this fun activity for students! Discover how long the Earth takes to orbit the Sun, how many hours it takes the Earth to spin around once on its own axis, how long the Moon takes to orbit the Earth, how it all relates to our calendar!

Orbit Simulation

The Orbit Simulator

This interactive simulation shows the motion of the planets and other objects around the sun! Students can manipulate the speed of the orbits and notice the distance between a planet’s closest approach to the sun and its farthest point from the Sun. This is a great way for students to visualize the effect of gravity on orbits!

Star in a Box

Star in a Box

You are now the proud owner of Star In A Box! Inside this box you can animate the different stages in a star’s life and see how its brightness, size, and mass change with time.
100,000 STARS

100,000 Stars

A beautiful, interactive, 3D visualization of the stellar neighborhood, including over 100000 nearby stars! Students can take a tour our solar system and of the universe!
Earth's Atmosphere

Earth, Sun and Moon

Your mission is to fly an alien’s rocket from the planet Ree to the Earth, Sun, and Moon! Fly back to Ree to tell the alien, Reevo, all about what you learned while exploring these three celestial objects!
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  • The sun is a star that appears larger and brighter than other stars because it is closer. Stars range greatly in their distance from Earth. (5-ESS1-1)
  • The orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shadows; and different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year. (5-ESS1-2)


About NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”


Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.

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Many of these science resources require Java and Flash. Click below to download.

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