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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.
Use a variety of whole fruits to represent the different planets in the solar system to introduce scale sizes to your math or space science class. They follow suit by creating a non-scaled model of the solar system using specific-colored pony beads. 
In this asteroids of the solar system worksheet, students observe a diagram showing all the minor planets found in the orbit of Mars. Students answer 4 questions about the minor planets inside the orbit of other planets, they find the scale of the given diagram, and they determine the number of asteroids that crossed the Earth's orbit on a given data.
In this earth worksheet, students make inferences about an illustration (in a text, not included), then record the names of the layers of the earth. Finally, they answer two questions about a map in the text.
In this Earth Inside and Out instructional activity, students make inferences in a chart after looking at an illustration in the text (not included), then record and identify the layers of earth.
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. 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. In 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.
Students differentiate asteroids, meteors and comets. For this space science lesson, 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.
A thought-provoking video about asteroids and a "doomsday asteroid" that may hit Earth in the 2020's is presented here. This program could be used as a way to start a research project about asteroids with your class.
In this Planet Earth worksheet, students complete fourteen sentences with one of two word choices provided at the end of each line.
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.
In this space worksheet, students identify and locate vocabulary terms related to the Solar System. There are 30 words located in the puzzle.

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