NASA is the best source of current information about exoplanets and the ongoing search for other worlds that could support life. Take a look at these resources to share with your students. Many include student-friendly short videos and infographics.
PBS LearningMedia resources include background reading, teaching tips, discussion questions, supplementary materials, and alignment with standards.
In Stars and Exoplanets, join a group of students who visit the Exoplanet Travel Agency to learn about exoplanets and what it might be like to visit one. Grades 4-8.
The Goldilocks Zone explains why scientists are looking for Earth-like planets that are just the right distance from the stars they orbit. Included is a classroom activity to help students visualize the Goldilocks zone. Grades 4-8.
Using Color to Identify Planets shows how analyzing the colors of light coming from distant planets can help us learn what those exoplanets are like. Grades 4-8.
How To Discover A New Planet gives a historical perspective to the search for exoplanets using the transit method. Planet-Hunting focuses on the Kepler space telescope's amazing discoveries of numerous Earth-like rocky planets. Grades 6-8.
NOVA's Are We Alone? surveys the many ways scientists analyze clues to help answer the question of life beyond Earth. For grades 7 and up.
Lesson Plans and Classroom Resources
In this Exoplanets activity for grades 3-4, students select a star and create their own “habitable zone” exoplanet.