Asteroid Belt Teacher Resources
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Working in groups, learners create a mnemonic device, give an oral presentation, and create a pictorial representation of the correct sequence of the planets and asteroid belt from the sun. An assessment rubric is included in the lesson.
In this colliding asteroids worksheet, 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 examine the new categories of planets and how planets were reclassified. In this solar system lesson plan students complete activities using Venn diagrams and images of planets.
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.
Motivate your class with this lesson plan. Learners explore the solar system and practice working with fractions using this resource. They construct scale models of our solar system, and use fractions to correctly configure the solar system to scale.
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 lesson by going on a field trip to a planetarium.
Students study the beautiful mathematical model unique to our solar system.
Fifth graders, in groups, create a pictorial model of the solar system and place the planets in correct order.
Students explore the solar system. For this space science lesson, students take notes on the solar system provided by their instructors. Students then collaborate to design a computer-generated drawing of the solar system.
Learners differentiate asteroids, meteors and comets. In this space science instructional activity, students create a model of a comet. They name the different technologies used to view these heavenly bodies.
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.
Students examine the distances between the Sun, planets, and smaller objects in the Solar System. They design a model using beads that shows the scale distances of the Solar System using astronomical units converted into a 10 centimeter scale.
Travel through space as you learn about the galaxy, solar system, planets, and much more. An extensive resource for studying astronomy in upper-elementary and middle school classrooms.
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.
A set of seven slides presents an artist's rendition of our solar system, specifically, the asteroid belt, Kuiper Belt, and our outer planets: Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune. The slides are beautiful, and a printable set with text is available for anyone who may have missed class the day of the presentation. Make sure to pair this with the inner planet presentation by the same publisher.
After the previous video in this series, class members should have a general grasp of the relatives sizes of the earth and sun. This video talks further about distances between the planets and gives a sense of their and other main bodies' positioning to scale.
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!
Geology junkies will make a foldable that covers a lot of ground regarding Earth's internal structure, its position in the solar system, and an explanation for its seasons. Templates and a printable page of instructions are included. Once assembled, learners will color, personalize, and add written information as you determine. Note that the instructions are only for crafting the foldable, not for what to write on it; you will need to provide verbal directions or type them up.
Young scholars 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.
Students examine the solar system. In this space lesson, students identify the order of the planets and their relative size to the sun. Students create a scale model of our solar system using a variety of household objects.