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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 4 Views 4 Downloads
Students 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. Students discover how to recognize the planets in the night sky, and how planets and stars differ from each other.
3rd - 5th Science 9 Views 42 Downloads
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.
3rd - 5th Science 13 Views 35 Downloads
Newton's 3 Laws of Motion
Students are introduced to the concept of Newton's 3 Laws of Motion. In this gravity lesson, students memorize the 3 laws of motion, practice reciting the laws with the teacher and watch a short video explaining the 3 laws. Students then give a short presentation to the class showing their comprehension of Newton's laws of motion.
4th - 6th Science 35 Views 166 Downloads
New Review Soda Straw Rockets
Three, two, one, blast off to a better understanding of force and motion with this exciting science instructional activity! 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 54 Views 38 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 19 Views 79 Downloads
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 14 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Physics of the Planets: How 16th and 17th Century Physicist Helped Us Understand Our Solar System
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.
8th Science 9 Views 59 Downloads
World In Motion Curriculum
Students 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. Students recognize the difference between normal and retrograde planetary motion.
6th - 8th Science 3 Views 14 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 5 Views 11 Downloads
Meet the Neighbors: Planets Around Nearby Stars
Young scholars 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.
11th - 12th Math 4 Views 14 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 32 Views 234 Downloads
Gravity and Motion
Learners investigate the concepts of gravity and motion, revolution and rotation. In this gravity lesson plan, students watch a video about gravity. They determine what their ages would be on different planets based on their revolution around the sun.
3rd - 4th Science 4 Views 41 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 14 Downloads
Reaching the Planets
Eighth graders create TV commercials about the planets. In this lesson plan 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.
8th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 28 Downloads