Elementary Science: Space
The topic I have choose for my website analysis is Space in relation to the grade 6
science curriculum in Newfoundland. As you can imagine there are a great number of
sites related to Space, these 5 sites deal specifically with content geared towards the
This site is a site developed by NASA specifically for educators to offer resources and
multimedia presentation about space. Teachers can choose from downloadable resources
or multimedia presentations, which offers either a caption or non-caption version.
Teachers are given the option of specific grade level activities, learning resources,
Internet links, multimedia resources, as well as a contact page for further references.
This site developed by the Canadian Space Agency is geared specifically for children.
This site is colorful and fun site with a question and answer section, an interview with
Chris Hatfield and photos linked from the Canadian Space Agency site. The site offers
interactive games, photos, experiments, and link to other Space sites. There is a choice
of Flash required games, and games which can be played without the Flash download.
“Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky
in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being
used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.”
“Celestia is a free real-time space simulation that lets you experience our universe in
three dimensions. Navigate through space and visit Saturn, Mars and the Sun!”
(http://www.educational-freeware.com/freeware/celestia.aspx) Like Stellarium, Celestia
is a interactive simulation which takes the user on a complete tour of our solar system.
Also like Stellarium there is a complete .pdf users guide, which explaining the function
and Celestia, as well as a detail guide of keyboard and mouse commends, needed to use
Celestia. Along with the credits and list of developers listed in the users guide, the
website http://www.celestiamotherlode.net/ offers addons for the Celestia program.
Is a collection of articles and links that is made kid friendly, which offers the option of
printing the articles or emailing the link. Each article is accompanied by links that extend
the topic as well as a forum for feedback on the article. Each article is dated, to indicate
its accuracy, and date of publication.