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Curriculum Guides Available for Teachers
In partnership with the IBEX Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) program and E/PO programs for other NASA missions, the Lawrence Hall of Science “Great Explorations in Math & Science” program has developed the GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 6-8. Units in the GEMS Space Science Curriculum for Grades 6-8 include:
  • How Does the Sun Affect the Earth
  • Why are There Seasons?
  • The Solar System
  • Beyond the Solar System
GEMS sequences are a uniquely flexible curriculum. For example, the GEMS Space Science Sequence for 6-8 is comprised of 4 units, each about two weeks long or less. It is possible to teach the units all during a single years' course of study; or, individual units can be taught each year over two to three years. Not all of the units in a sequence must be taught—each can stand alone as necessary. This flexibility allows schools to determine when to teach specific content based on their standards and curriculum requirements, using integrated units that naturally progress and build on prior knowledge.
Where to Purchase the GEMS Space Science Sequence
The GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 6-8 is now available from the publisher, Carolina Curriculum. This exciting new curriculum was developed with NASA and with leading astronomy educators and researchers, assessment experts, and GEMS curriculum development staff. The sequence is a response to the need for excellent, coherent, standards-based, supplementary curriculum that can be taught in the amount of time teachers can reasonably allot for space sciences.
Professional Development for Teachers
The GEMS program periodically offers professional development for teachers on the GEMS Space Science Sequence for Grades 6-8. Check the GEMS Professional Development web page periodically for updates. Note: The relevant section on the web page is entitled “ATLSS.”
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Last Updated: 22 NOVEMBER 2010
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