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Students identify and sequence the major events that caused Earth to develop into a habitable planet. They view videos, conduct research, participate in discussions and work in groups to determine the likelihood of other habitable worlds.
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. It also refers to a specific textbook for definitions. Perhaps your best use of this resource is to simply imitate it as you create your own with specific references to your own classroom materials.
Learners investigate the planets in our solar system. They conduct research using a variety of resources in order for students to make cognitive connections with the demonstrations made by the teacher. Learners discover how to recognize the planets in the night sky, and how planets and stars differ from each other.
Students complete an in-depth study of the known planets in the solar system. As a class, students identify the planets that are known in the universe, in the night sky. They explain the differences between planets and stars and the prograde and retrograde motion of the planets.
Eighth graders examine how gravity can cause the planets to move. In this gravity lesson students divide into teams and complete an activity and games.
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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.
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! It asks them to write explanations, identify true statements, and solve problems dealing with all sorts of projectiles and orbits. Your physics class will enjoy the challenge as a homework assignment.
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. When students return to class after exploring this assignment, review the answers to the questions and then provide some problem solving practice.
Eighth graders draw the paths of the planets in the solar system. In this astronomy lesson, 8th graders calculate speed of objects using distance and time information. They research about the work of scientists in the 16th and 17th century.
Middle schoolers explore the night sky and its solar system. Using a Digitarium planetarium system, students observe four constellations. They discover the phases of the moon and eclipses. Middle schoolers recognize the difference between normal and retrograde planetary motion.
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. This slide show is out of this world! The only problem is that the text on a few of the slides overlaps. This problem is simple to remedy and well worth the effort!
Learners explain why a transiting planet causes a periodic dimming in the light from its parent star. They determine the radius of a planet, and its orbital distance, by analyzing data and manipulating equations. Students compare the results obtained for the extrasolar planetary system to our own solar system, and they discuss the major differences.
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. Each individual lesson consists of reading passages chucked into small sections for easy comprehension and followed by check for understanding and/or inquiry activities. Answers are provided for all the activities.
Students investigate the concepts of gravity and motion, revolution and rotation. In this gravity instructional activity, students watch a video about gravity. They determine what their ages would be on different planets based on their revolution around the sun. They complete journal entries that show understanding of the concepts.
Eighth graders identify the forces involved in circular motion. In this physics lesson, 8th graders examine centripetal force and inertia by participating in teacher led demos. They give real world application of circular motion.
Young scholars discuss the location, size, and interesting facts about Mars. They discover why scientists are so interested in studying this mysterious planet. They analyze the history of Martian exploration.
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? What color is it? Learners develop vocabulary to describe the planets.
Learners define and identify planetary orbit, ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola, and simulate Kepler's Second Law. They explore interactive websites demonstrating orbital motion and complete modeling activities.
In this universe learning exercise, students read an article titled The Priviledged Planet about the solar system, and answer short answer questions about it. Students complete 13 questions about the article.
Eighth graders create TV commercials about the planets. In this lesson on the planets in our solar system, 8th graders study characteristics of the planets in our local system as well as how TV commercials are made. Students will choose one planet and create a TV commercial about that planet using cameras and computers.