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- Kimberly M., Special Education Teacher
- Arkadelphia, AR
Meteor Teacher Resources
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Students explore outer space. In this asteroids, comets and meteors lesson, students discuss what makes up the solar system. They visit websites that introduce them to asteroids, comets and meteors and they record what they learned in their science journals. Students complete an activity to create and record craters caused by asteroids, comets and meteors.
Students explore the difference between a meteor, meteorite and meteoroid. In this space science lesson, students first read information about these space bodies. Students make Comet Cookies and use them to model a meteor shower with a lamp as the sun. Students complete meteor math problems and plan a meteor watching party.
Young scholars read a story called Orionid Meteors to Shower Earth and answer vocabulary and comprehension questions about it. In this meteor shower lesson plan, students respond to literature by answering questions, view Sky Maps online, and compare/contrast meteors, asteroids, and comets.
Young scholars participate in a class discussion about the term meteor and share what they know. They are introduced to the words in the News Word Box and then use them to complete sentences used on the student page. Students then read the article and answer questions to check for understanding.
These full-color handouts feature two activities. The first is a reading on comets, meteors, and meteoroids. Your space science learners will examine ten phrases and determine which of the three each characterizes. The second activity involves a Web Quest in which participants visit websites about black holes, gravity, and the use of robots in space exploration. These activities are most appropriate for your upper elementary scientists.
Students create glitter-covered comet models. Then they make large outdoor chalk drawings of the solar system and place their comets at the location of the Kuiper belt. They carry their comets around an orbit of the sun, shaking various amounts of glitter from them to simulate the dust a comet releases when in orbit.