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Accelerate Generally suited for grades 3-7

The Dark Side

Accelerate (3rd-7th grade)
Earth and Space
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Simulate and study the patterns of the sky! This Earth and space science curriculum kit will help any young astronomer learn and observe patterns in nature happening both here on Earth and in our galaxy. Read More

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Simulate and study the patterns of the sky! The Dark Side will help any young astronomer learn and observe patterns in nature happening both here on Earth and to our galaxy.

In this earth and space science curriculum kit, students will create their own constellation, sketch the sky, and observe unusual traits the Moon has. Students will use these hands-on science experiments to delve into the patterns of the stars, Earth, and Moon. The Dark Side comes with a full-color Student Workbook and Teacher Guide. This kit contains activities and information that focuses on the phenomenon of tidal locking.

As part of a special program from Home Science Tools, this Accelerate level kit will provide over 9 hours of knowledge, educating your student about tidal locking and other patterns in space.

In this kit, the student will partake in these fun activities:

  1. Observe unusual traits the moon has.
  2. Create a miniature Earth-Moon-Sun system.
  3. Connect the patterns of the sky to Earth.
  4. Sketch the sky to learn more about the stars.
  5. Make your own constellation!

Use The Dark Side to answer questions such as:

  • What is tidal locking?
  • How does the Earth-Moon-Sun system impact the Earth’s patterns?
  • Is there a dark side of the moon?
  • How are orbits and rotations impacted by other celestial bodies?

The Dark Side kit is a part of the Science Unlocked Accelerate series and is recommended for elementary and middle school students in grades 3-7.

Interested in learning more? Check out our Student Workbook Sample and Teacher Guide Sample!


This kit contains:

  • Battery, AA, alkaline, 4 pack
  • Battery holder for AA cells
  • Black construction paper
  • Blue construction paper
  • 3 Brass brads
  • Conductive tape
  • Crayon, 4 pack
  • Drawing paper
  • PVC pipe, ½” X 12”
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Star and planet locator
  • Tape measure
  • Yellow construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • 5 White LEDs
  • Wooden base

You will also need:

  • Scissors


Warning: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Adult supervision required.
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