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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.
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.
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.
Reading, writing, and rings! A lesson plan from NASA combines space science with authentic reading and writing tasks. Included in this lesson plan are pre-reading activities, four mini informational booklets on Saturn, a structured note-taking guide, and an authentic final writing assessment. Young astronauts practice note-taking skills while gathering information about Saturn through their reading. Then they use this information to write a descriptive paragraph for mission control.
Students use the website Kerpoof to examine the planets. In this solar system lesson, students classify the planets by characteristics, discover new "space vocabulary", and what the planets are made of. Students use KWL charts to organize their information and write a creative story that tells what it would be like to live on one of the planets. This lesson includes adaptations, mulitple activity ideas, clipart, worksheets and online resources.
Students study robotic spacecrafts that have provided detailed information about the inner and outer planets. In this exploring the planets lesson plan, students use posters and diagrams to study the various robotic spacecraft sent to the planets. They explore the different ways scientists have learned about our planets.
Beginning with a mosaic of Saturn, zoom into more than 1,000 incredible photos of astronauts, observatories, space exploration equipment, and images collected from throughout the solar system! Also read fascinating, illustrated stories of some of the objects with this application.
Students explore the Solar System and examine the characteristics of al the planets. Through research and discussion, they create catalogs of the Solar System's components. Next, students use their findings to create Powerpoint versions of their catalogs. The lesson concludes with students creating travel brochures of a chosen planet.