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Why Does Saturn Have Rings?
Why do Saturn and the other gas giants have rings? Hank reveals the Roche limit as the cause, the distance within which gas planets would fail to hold together due to their own gravity. At this particular distance, orbiting materials also break down and disperse to form rings of matter.
3 mins 7th - 12th Science
New Review Our Solar System Scavenger Hunt Activity
Send students on a search for facts about the solar system with this scavenger hunt activity. Whether they are finding out how far the sun is from the earth, or the names of all four gas giants, this resource will engage young scientists in exploring the final frontier.
3rd - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Jupiter: The Largest Planet
Kids will love this video. Dramatic and informative, this clip describes the gas giant, Jupiter. They'll hear about Jupiter's moons, history, composition, and size in relation to Earth. It takes one thousand Earths to compose one Jupiter? That's big!
7 mins 3rd - 8th Science
Evaporating Exoplanet hd209458b
The Hubble telescope captures an event never before seen be the human eye. An extra-solar planet orbited too close to its parent star and evaporated away. This gives scientists an understanding of what would happen if a gas giant were too close to the sun, as well as an explanation for the patterns they see in the outer reaches of space.
2 mins 9th - 12th Science
Introduction to the Outer Planets, Jupiter
Students discuss similarities and differences of the inner and outer planets. In this outer planets lesson plan, students participate in activities to learn about the outer planets and write a letter, a news article or a song.
4th - 5th English Language Arts
Discovering Saturn, The Real "Lord of the Rings"
Reading, writing, and rings! A lesson from NASA combines space science with authentic reading and writing tasks. Included in this lesson are pre-reading activities, four mini informational booklets on Saturn, a structured note-taking guide, and an authentic final writing assessment.
3rd - 4th Visual & Performing Arts
In his previous videos, Sal shows students how to calculate how much energy is needed to change various amounts of water from state to state when the atmospheric pressure is constant. In this video, he shows students how to use phase diagrams - which come into play when the atmospheric pressure is not at a constant level.
13 mins 7th - 10th Science
Pocket Solar System
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.
3rd - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Solar System
Fifteen questions about our solar system make up this interactive review game. It was written by a teacher in the UK, and therefore the monetary winnings for answering correctly are in pounds. The content applies, however, to any English-speaking earth science course.
4th - 6th Science
Math Lesson Plan: How to Calculate Area
Define area and calculate the area of squares and rectangles with your class. The lesson begins with direct instruction, but learners get some hands-on practice finding area, too. They measure construction paper shapes with a ruler.
3rd - 6th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Earth in the Solar System
A three-week unit designed to be completed in an elementary level, dual-language immersion classroom, this resource includes several lessons intended to introduce young learners to the solar system, the Earth and how the Earth compares to the other planets in Spanish.
1st - 6th Science
Our Solar System - Comparing Planetary Travel Distances
NASA presents a mini-unit on distances in our solar system. It incorporates scientific concepts of gravity, mass, density, and payload while your aspiring astronauts also employ mathematics skills. They calculate speed, they determine ratios and proportions, and they compare fractions, decimals, and percentages.
7th - 8th Math
Modeling the Solar System
Learners construct a scale model of the solar system in a long hallway or playing field. They discuss the fact that most of the solar system is empty space, and that outer planets are much farther apart than inner planets. They also talk about how long it takes to travel through the solar system.
3rd - 12th Math
Effective and Alternative Secondary Education: Planets in the Solar System
This is a complete packet consisting of three lessons about the origin of the solar system, the sun, and the planets. Work in this packet is meant to be self-directed; learners go at their own pace and instructions direct them on how to proceed through the readings and activities.
7th - 12th Science
Organic Molecules Detected on Distant Planet!
Here is a planet worksheet in which learners read about organic molecules detected through spectral lines of the planet Osiris. They calculate the mass, the volume and the densities of common ingredients for planets including Osiris and Jupiter.
7th - 9th Science