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Students create Earth boxes containing some of Earth's biomes--desert, forest, tundra, ocean, and mountains. They simulate Earth's encounter with a comet trail and the resulting meteor shower. They present their Earth boxes to determine their meteors.
Student's measure sporadic meteor activity.  In this physics and astronomy lesson, 11th graders construct a dipole antennae, and build, test and wire a full wave diode rectifier between the dipole antenna and the laptop. 
Students identify the different types of meteorite using an interactive website. In this earth science instructional activity, students simulate how meteors crash on a surface. They relate meteor size to crater size.
Students use the Internet to discover the wonderful world of comets and meteor showers. They discover how to spot one and predict them using a calendar. They also examine the makeup of meteoroids and meteorites.
Students are guided through an online series of readings and questions to explore the Leonid Meteor Showers and related topics. Modifications are provided for teaching this instructional activity to k-4, 5-8, and 9-12 students.
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.
Pupils use Venn diagrams to highlight the similarities and differences between comets, meteors, and asteroids.
Young scholars read a story called Orionid Meteors to Shower Earth and answer vocabulary and comprehension questions about it. For this meteor shower lesson plan, students respond to literature by answering questions, view Sky Maps online, and compare/contrast meteors, asteroids, and comets.
Students 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.
Young scholars complete a webquest to find Earth's relationship to the sun.  In this webquest lesson, students complete tasks to understand the effect of the sun on weather and time. Young scholars create a multimedia presentation as an end product to their research.
As the dusty tail of a comet pass near Earth, particles fly off and burn up in Earth's atmosphere creating beautiful meteor showers. Learn about the Perseid Meteor Shower and the NASA space craft that make it possible for us to know when they are to occur.
Did you know that meteor showers come from comet tails? A NASA scientist explains that we may not be able to see Halley's Comet for another fifty years, we can experience marvelous meteor showers from its tail. Getting kids excited about the night sky is the first step in building a passion that could become a career.
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 model how meteors fall to the surface of planets. In this space science activity, students identify different types of meteorites using an interactive online website. They investigate the relationship between a meteorite's size and its crater size.
Students explore how scientists have forecasted the 2002 Leonid meteor shower. They pose their own predictions for peak meteor rates per hour during the 2002 shower and compare their results with actual observed rates.
Students differentiate asteroids, meteors and comets. In this space science lesson, students create a model of a comet. They name the different technologies used to view these heavenly bodies.
In this asteroid, comet and meteor learning exercise, students complete a chart by determining which of 8 given characteristics belong to asteroids, comets or meteors.
Students construct a model of a comet nucleus using dry ice. They add other materials and describe the features. They complete related exercises on an Internet Web site.
Students fill in a diagram of a comet. They listen to a short lecture, view flash animation descriptions of comets and meteors and then use the presented information to complete a worksheet.
In this asteroid, comet, and meteor graphic organizer learning exercise, students compare and contrast asteroids, comets, and meteors as they mark the characteristics of each.

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