Planetary Motion Teacher Resources
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Soda Straw Rockets
Three, two, one, blast off to a better understanding of force and motion with this exciting science lesson! Beginning with a discussion about rockets and gravity, young scientists go on to complete a series of worksheets about net forces before designing and testing their own paper rockets.
K - 6th Science 145 Views 95 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Kelper's Three Laws
A flipped classroom lesson introduces astrophysics fanatics to Kepler's three laws of planetary motion. After reading about the laws of ellipses, equal areas, and harmonies, and also learning how Newton's gravitation concepts come into play, they answer nine questions as a review.
9th - 12th Science 20 Views 16 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Projectile Motion Review
Launching Fluffy, the Wonder Hamster, in a catapult might not be humane, but imagining the action to analyze projectile motion should be acceptable. This physics resource injects a little silliness, yet is quite serious about assessing learners' understanding!
9th - 12th Science 28 Views 88 Downloads
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Mars Opposition Dance
Your class will watch as one child orbits the sun as Earth, while another orbits as Mars. If the timing is right, they will see the repetitive dance between the two planets and discover how often they are opposite from each other. For high schoolers, follow this activity by having them apply Newton's universal law of gravitation to compute their motions mathematically.
3rd - 8th Science 15 Views 15 Downloads
E.T., Are You Out There?
Research the necessary components of a planet that supports life after reading the article "All of a Sudden, The Neighborhood Looks a Lot Friendlier" from The New York Times. After finding their information, middle and high schoolers create short science fiction stories in which they incorporate their research.
6th - 12th Language Arts 7 Views 114 Downloads
Reading and Writing About the Solar System
Utilizing the classic Magic School Bus series, young scientists explore the solar system. Some excellent worksheets are included in this plan, such as Planet Roll Call and Solar System in Motion. This is an ambitious 5-day unit that should lead to a much greater understanding of our Solar System for your students.
1st - 2nd Language Arts 61 Views 172 Downloads
If you want to have your space science superstars build and test rockets, NASA has crafted a comprehensive guide for you! In collaborative groups, high schoolers construct soda bottle rockets and apply Newton's laws of motion. Everything you need to make this a memorable and educational project is included: teacher instructions, a budget worksheet, materials requisition slips, and more!
9th - 12th Science 18 Views 58 Downloads
Three, two, one, blastoff! Your physics, astronomy, or engineering class learns about satellite motion, both circular and elliptical, by viewing this set of slides. Explanatory graphics are included to further enhance learning. Several slides provide multiple choice review questions.
9th - 12th Science 7 Views 13 Downloads
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 41 Views 243 Downloads
Describing the Planets
Kids love learning about space! In this short plan, your young Spanish speakers read Los Planetas and talk about the nine planets. By the end, they should be able to name and identify each of the planets and add some descriptive words. Is it a small planet?
3rd - 4th Languages 3 Views 15 Downloads
Planets in Our Solar System
Each member of a four-student group takes on a specific aspect of an assigned planet to research. After gathering information, the team works together to create a travel brochure and a presentation intended to convince other classmates to visit their assigned planet.
4th - 8th Science 28 Views 51 Downloads
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Birthday Stars
Space explorers take a virtual trip around the sun right within your classroom! They stand in a circle facing away from the "sun" (a lamp) in the center of the room. As they move according to your instructions, they view different constellations that you have posted around the room.
3rd - 8th Science 38 Views 24 Downloads
Lab: Kelper's Laws of Planetary Motion
High school astrophysicists perform the classic activity of using a loop of string and two push pins to draw ellipses and calculate eccentricity. They also answer questions and solve problems using Kepler's laws of planetary motion. The worksheet sends learners to consult a "Planet Data Table" in their notes, so you will need to provide individual planet orbit information.
9th - 12th Science 12 Views 8 Downloads
Introduce your physics or astronomy class to Kepler's laws of planetary motion with this straightforward worksheet. It covers the basic concepts of each and has learners answer questions to demonstrate their grasp on them. You could use this as a review assignment after first exposing your class to the concepts or as a quiz.
9th - 12th Science 17 Views 16 Downloads
Reading and Writing about the Solar System
A superb interdisciplinary approach highlights this lesson which incorporates space science knowledge and narrative skills. After reading The Magic School Bus, two excellent poems, and watching a video, all about our solar system, young scholars write about their favorite planet and why they like it.
K - 2nd Science 19 Views 467 Downloads
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Digital compass alignment enables navigation of the skies with true orientation at any time. Just point to the sky or "aim for the stars!" This application acts as a virtual telescope, allowing you to zoom in on any object that is visible to the human eye.
6th - Higher Ed Science 7 Views 1 Download
Gravity and Circular Motion
Go around and around in your physics class with this presentation on circular motion. Diagrams bring the definition to life. Formulas for angular acceleration, centripetal force, gravitation, and potential in a radial field are given. This comprehensive set of slides concludes with an example problem.
9th - 12th Science 7 Views 8 Downloads
Have your class learn about the solar system using this hands on technique. Learners review what they know about the planets, and create a clay model of the solar system. There are a list of resource links to make this lesson a complete and interesting experience.
5th - 7th Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
Earth: A Unique Planet
An entire unit's worksheets are included here in this earth science packet, with multiple learning styles addressed! Although the text isn't included, 6 reading guides are outlined with reading requirements indicated. Learners complete a model of earth's layers and take notes using fill-in-the-blank guides.
7th - 8th Science 110 Views 854 Downloads
Play "Would You Rather" with your physical science class as an anticipatory set. Each game question is related to the pressure put on an area of the body. Let this activate a discussion on forces, pressure, and area. Give your class Newton's second law of motion and the formula F=ma.
5th - 9th Science 33 Views 44 Downloads