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Students plot the positions of the planet Jupiter while predicting what the configuration system looks like from Earth. In this configuration of satellites lesson, students photograph Jupiter and its moons to record the motions of the four satellites throughout the week. Students then make estimations regarding distances and measurements.
In this Jupiter and Io activity, students use a diagram of the planet and its moon to find the dimension of the image, the width of the largest feature in the atmosphere of Jupiter, the width of the smallest feature in the atmosphere of Jupiter and the size of the smallest feature that can be seen on Io.
Students identify questions and concepts that guide scientific investigations as well as recognize and analyze alternative explanations and models. After a brief discussion on Jupiter, students read and article on the discovery of Jupiter Radio Emissions and answer discussion questions.
High schoolers compare deep ocean conditions to those found on the moons of Jupiter. In this Earth science lesson plan, students consider the possibilities and conditions needed to support simple life. High schoolers examine the habitats and life found near oceanic hot vents to determine if conditions on Jupiter's moons are life sustaining. Students will use evidence to write a paper stating if they believe life could or could not live on one of Jupiter's moons.
Students investigate the difference between mass and weight. For this middle school science lesson, students conduct an experiment in which they measure the weight of a mass in Newtons and use that information to determine the weight of 100 pennies on the moon, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter.
In this hunt for planets worksheet, students read about the Kepler satellite used to detect exoplanets. Students solve 6 problems including drawing a sun disk and determining the scale in kilometers/millimeter, finding the area of the Sun disk and determining the area of Earth and Jupiter.
An amazing information-packed lesson plan allows your space scientists to crash a virtual comet into Jupiter and learn how the angle, distance, speed, and mass influence the outcome. Click on "Back to the Lesson" to access the interactive website. Use this in a physics course to enrich your lessons on gravitational forces, or use it with younger science learners when teaching about planets or comets.