Dawn Education Activities

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Activity Resources
This activity asks students to determine if the Statue of Liberty's nose is out of proportion to her body size. The activity, from the Figure This! list of 80 math challenges, illustrates how to use similarity and scaling to design HO gauge model train layouts and analyze the size of characters in Gulliver's Travels.
Teacher guide with science activities on Keplerís laws of planetary motion from the Genesis module Destination L1.

Resources about Asteroids
Asteroid nomenclature history
An alphabetized list of their discoverers and the total number of asteroids each of them discovered
Hubble Space Telescope and Keck images of Vesta
Asteroid Fact Sheet
A source for finding absolute magnitudes of asteroids
Interactive showing examples of irregular-shaped asteriods in 3-D.
Texas-Sized Space Rock (Ceres)
Smithsonian Education

Resources about Brightness and Albedo

For information about the history of the brightness scale:
Why dark nights are best for viewing celestial objects
Excellent source of information regarding size and albedo of asteroids
This site has some albedo and size data for selected asteroids

Resources about Communication
Decision Making: Communicating, Questioning, and Listening, a student text available through NASAís Deep Impact mission, offers some helpful guidelines for public speaking

Resources about Dwarf Planets
Information about the solar system
Dwarf Planets May Finally Get Respect David Kestenbaum, National Public Radio IAU 0603, August 24, 2006
New York Times Aug. 27, 2007 to September 15, 2007
NASA Image Exchange
The NASA Image eXchange (NIX) is a web-based search engine for searching one or more of NASA's online multimedia collections. Searching is performed using keywords. NIX returns thumbnail sized images, textual descriptions, image numbers, links to higher resolution images, and links to the organization that stores each image.
Planetary Scientists and Astronomers Oppose New Planet Definition
August 31, 2006
Wikipedia - Contains a list of dwarf planets and other candidates. This site also has references to other news articles on the subject, as well as discussion. It should not necessarily be construed as fact. Not all of the information on the topic has appeared in peer reviewed astronomical journals. Peer review is a necessary but not sufficient condition for factual information.
When did the asteroids become minor planets?

Resources about Early Astronomers'S_LAW.htm
Bodeís Law and the Discovery of Ceres
Biography of Nicolas Copernicus
A useful resource for biographical and historical information. After accessing the site, click on the Astronomy link. Then type in a scientistís name. The biography contains links to relevant historical information.

Resources about Early Photographic Techniques
Information about early photographic techniques

Resources about Ion Propulsion
Ion Propulsion from Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field
NSTAR (NASA Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Application Readiness) Program
The Indefatigable Ions of Deep Space 1
Space Place with Dr. Marc
Deep Space 1
Frequently Asked Questions About Ion Propulsion
Ion Propulsion: Over 50 Years in the Making
Ion Engine: No Tuneups, No Problems

Resources about Missions to Asteroids
Missions to Asteroids: MUSES-C
Missions to Asteroids: Dawn
Missions to Asteroids: Galileo
Missions to Asteroids: NEAR
Missions to Asteroids: Deep Space 1

Resources about Telescopes
The Telescope
American Memory (Library of Congress)
Excellent history of early telescope design

Print Resources

Barton, M. & Jordan, D. L (2001). Teaching reading in science: A supplement to Teaching reading in the content areas teacher's manual (2nd edition). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Billmeyer, R. & Barton, M.L. (1998). Teaching reading in the content area: If not me, then who? Aurora, CO: Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory.

Cousins, F.W. (1972). The solar system. New York, NY: Pica Press.

Doty, J. K., Cameron, G. N., & Barton, M. L. (2003). Teaching reading in social studies: A supplement to the Second Edition of Teaching Reading in the Content Areas Teacher's Manual. Aurora, CO: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.
Jones, J.C. (2001). Story Mapping History Frame. Retrieved from

Grunn, B. (1991). The timetable of history Ė A horizontal linkage of people and events. Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Learner, R. (1981). Astronomy through the telescope. Van Nostrand Reinhold.

Marzano, Robert J. (2000). Transforming classroom grading. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

McSween, H.Y. (1999). Meteorites and their parent planets. Cambridge; NY: Cambridge University Press.

Peebles, C. (2000). Asteroids: A history. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Roth, G.D. (1962). The system of minor planet. Princeton, NJ: Company Inc.

Schorn, R.A. (1988). Planetary astronomy. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press.

Stuhlinger, E. & Ordway, F. (1994). Wernher von Braun, crusader for space: A  Biographical Memoir. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing Company.