Order It Up!
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
- A quantitative perspective on the solar system
- An appreciation for the differences among the planets
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
The instructor will need:
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
UCAR's Windows to the Universe (more info) site also contains a wealth of instructional material about space, images, links (some to data), tours of such topics as "Water on Mars", and other useful items. It also contains other games, two of which could be adapted into activities:
- Space Sense (more info) : a trivia game dealing with the solar system and the history of space exploration with variable difficulty settings.
- Junk in Space (more info) : the players must sort junk from functioning technology in orbit. It takes less than 5 minutes.
For more trivia on a variety of subjects:
- Energy and Mineral Resources. This site contains 16 questions on the topic of energy and mineral resources, which covers energy sources, resource types, and uses of resources. This is part of the Principles of Earth Science course at the University of South Dakota. Users submit their answers and are provided immediate verification. ( This site may be offline. )
- On the Move...Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics. This site introduces the concept of continental drift and describes evidence supporting it. The role of NASA in investigating continental drift and some of the technology they use to study the geodynamics of Earth are described. Reasons why continental drift should matter to a student are given. There is also an interactive map, glossary, word search game, and a quiz. (more info)
- Teachers who participated in the TCEQ's Teaching Environmental Sciences (TES) course developed the following lesson plans.. These Texas Commission on Environmental Quality lesson plans involve air pollution, air pressure, acid rain, water conservation and quality, waste and composting, and more. School projects such as recycling day and Earth day are provided. There are also environmental game ideas and a link to a question bank that can be used in the games. (more info)
- The Watershed Game. This web site provides an introduction to the issues surrounding the use of water. It offers an interactive question and answer format that allows users to see the direct result of their decision with respect to the use of the watershed in four main subject areas. The areas of concern are: national parks, agriculture, neighborhoods, and cities. (more info)
- USGS Learning Web: Students. This United States Geological Survey (USGS) Learning Web site offers project ideas for environmental science issues, and links to homework help in geology, biology, geography, and hydrology. There are also links to on-line glossaries, clipart collections, paper models, and a trivia game. (more info)