Grade 9 Science


Unit 4 Space Exploration

The fourth unit is Space Exploration, which again, some of it will be a review of Grade 6 materials with new information added.  This is a physical science unit, which covers: The Beginnings of the Solar System, Composition and Characteristics of the Solar System, Composition and Characteristics of the Universe.  

SCIENCEPOWERTM 9  Textbook Chapters


Chapter 13: The Changing View from Earth  (Student Textbook Resource Page)

13.1 What Our Ancestors Saw 
13.2 The Celestial Movie
13.3 Modelling Celestial Motion 
13.4 Surveying the Solar System

Chapter 14: The Lives of Stars (Student Textbook Resource Page)

14.1 The Properties of Stars 
14.2 The Evolution of Stars 
14.3 The Formation of Stars

Chapter 15: Exploring the Cosmos (Student Textbook Resource Page)

15.1 Measuring Distance in the Cosmos 
15.2 The Discovery of Galaxies 
15.3 The Expanding Universe 
15.4 The Formation of the Universe

Chapter 16: Earth and Space (Student Textbook Resource Page)

16.1 The Effect of Celestial Bodies on Earth 
16.2 The Use of Space 
16.3 Issues in Space Exploration 
16.4 Careers Involving Space Exploration

Website Resources

The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System

The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, and most provide references to additional related information.

Views of the Solar System

Views of the Solar System - A vivid multimedia exploration of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. Discover the latest scientific information or study the history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, and spacecraft. 

Heavens-Above.Com An excellent resource for satellite observing. It also has whole sky and constellation charts which will help you learn about the sky. Use this site to spot the International Space Station, Space Shuttle and the Starshine 3 satellite. 

Thursday's Classroom
Thursday's Classroom provides a connection between NASA research and the classroom. Lessons are prepared by professional educators and scientists-arebased on breaking Science@NASA news reports. Lessons are offerred at three different levels. 

Who's out there? Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Who's out there? Are humans alone in the universe? Scientists involved in SETI "The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence" are using modern technology to search for the answer to this age-old question. This online activity gudes the students to discover what they need to know to design a SETI research project, then test your skills at searching for alien signals! 

Build a Solar System

Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition of "space." Fill in the diameter of the Sun you want your model to be scaled by and the calculator will determine the diameter of the planets and radii of there orbits.

Your Weight on Other Worlds

Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or The Moon? Here's your chance to find out. Enter your weight on earth and this calculator will determine your weight on other moons and planets. 

Birth of a Super Nova

This is a flash presentation that describes how a massive star goes supernova.

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