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Asteroid Belt Teacher Resources
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In this colliding asteroids learning exercise, students are given the equation to determine the collision time for asteroids. Students use this equation to solve 4 problems including finding the area of a cross-section through the body of an asteroid, determining the asteroid average speed, estimating the density of asteroids and finding the collision time of asteroids.
Students develop a sense of the scale of our solar system by creating a one to ten billion scale model. They calculate the relative sizes and distances for the planets and asteroid belt using a guiding worksheet. To create the model they place traffic cones at the appropriate distances on a field or sidewalk and use food items such as poppy seeds and gum balls to represent each planet.
Students use the internet to gather informatino about the solar system and space. In groups, they create a slideshow in which they use illustrations from the internet and include their own text. They complete the instructional activity by going on a field trip to a planetarium.
Sixth graders complete activities to study the vastness of space. In this Solar System lesson, 6th graders watch a video about outer space and complete a space labeling activity. Students work in groups to make models of the inner and outer planets. Students do a think/pair/share to discuss the scale of the models and complete a Venn Diagram for planet temperatures. Students use the 321 method to analyze what they learned about the topic.
The great men of science is the theme of this collection of science lessons designed for 5th graders. Galileo, Linnaeus, Just, and Julian are the scientists who are studied. Learners examine each man individually and complete activities to explore the discoveries, inventions, and contributions of each of these amazing scientists. This fabulous series of lessons would be well worth doing with your 5th grade class.
Test your class on earth science with this extensive resource. This test, created by The University of the State of New York Regents, is made up of 50 multiple choice questions and 32 short answer questions that cover the branches of earth science. Use the test as review or as your final exam. The answer booklet and reference tables are included in additional materials.
The scale of the solar system is difficult to grasp without some sort of concrete visual; with some register tape and different-sized stickers, teach astronomers of any age just how spread out our solar system really is. Try to use stickers (or have kids draw planets) that are somewhat to scale regarding the relative size of the planets to help with the overall understanding of the concepts.
Young astronomers identify the major parts of the solar system. They use computers, the library, and textbooks to find information on the planets, the asteroid belt, and the sun. Pairs of pupils get together and create a PowerPoint presentation on the solar system that is shown to the whole class. Additionally, our moon is studied, and learners create a drawing that depicts all of the phases of the moon along with the names for each phase. Lots of great learning in this lesson!
Students learn that the planets of the solar system can be classified in different ways; by size, by composition (or what they are made of), by distance from the Sun, and by history (when they were discovered). The resource provides both state information as well as five related lesson plans.