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Exploring Nature Educational Resource:

Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science Resources for K-12



Staring up at the stars in the night sky has generated awe and wonder in people from the beginning of time. Since the days of Isaac Newton philosophers and scientists have wondered -- What is out there? We now know the answer to a lot of questions about space and the things that are out there, but many, many more are yet to be discovered. Read on to learn about the planets, sun, stars, galaxies, and space race.

National Science Standards

NGSS Earth Space Science Progression K-12

ESS1. A The Universe and its Stars

K-2 Patterns of movement of the sun, moon, and stars as seen from Earth can be observed, described, and predicted.

3-5 Stars range greatly in size and distance from Earth and this can explain their relative brightness.

6-8 The solar system is part of the Milky Way, which is one of many billions of galaxies.


ESS1. B Earth and the Solar System

3-5 The Earth’s orbit and rotation, and the orbit of the moon around the Earth cause observable patterns.

6-8 The solar system contains many varied objects held together by gravity. Solar system models explain and predict eclipses, lunar phases, and seasons. has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.

cheetah, tiger, panda, fox, bear, cougar