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Students compare the planets of our solar system. In this astronomy lesson, students use the game SecondLife to compare the differences in size between the planets and other objects in our solar system. The lesson presents questions to guide students thinking.
Students identify and name the eight planets and the five dwarf planets in our solar system. In this space science lesson, students view a slideshow of the planets and label them on an included Solar System chart.
What is most useful about this lesson plan is the "Student Explanet Worksheet," a set of instructions for collaborative groups to use to collect information about an assigned planet. After young scholars have researched and organized their information, they create a visual aid and teach the rest of the class about their planet of expertise. You might want to videotape presentations to share with parents at an open house.
Third graders create a slide of the poetry they have written personifying the planet they chose. They composed a variety of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama selections to assemble together. Students present their multimedia presentations to their peers.
Students examine the planets of the Solar System. In groups, they examine new vocabulary and use the internet to research specific topics given to them. They practice taking notes on the planets and drawing a diagram of them.
Young scholars recognize that the other eight known planets, which revolve around the Sun, have characteristics and surface conditions that are different from Earth; and identify examples of those differences.
In this solar system instructional activity, students fill in the blank to sentences that refer to the solar system. Students fill in 15 blanks with planet names.
Students access the Internet, research one of the planets, copy and paste necessary information, and design a creature that would survive for a year on their planet. They present their creature and its qualities to the rest of the class.
Looking for a good, technology-based science lesson for your 3rd graders? This lesson is worth a look! They will utilize PowerPoint to create a presentation for the class on a planet of their choice. They also use document cameras, a scanner, and perform internet research to gather facts and about their planet. An excellent lesson!
Review all of the planets in our solar system with this informative PowerPoint. Each planet is listed on its own slide, accompanied by facts and an image. There are three multiple choice question listed at the end of the presentation.
Part two to of this five-part series continues to examine the science and explain the process by which planets are born. Orbit, star birth, planet evaporation, and life on other planets are all covered.
Examine pulsars, what they are, and what life would be like on a planet near a pulsar. Part four describes proto-planets, primordial planets, young stars, gravitational pull, and what life could be like for extra-solar worlds.
Is there another Earth? Learn about the newest discoveries showing that some exoplanets are defying astronomical rules as we understand them. 25,000 light years away a planet was discovered to be similar to our own. Ask learners to use their understanding of astronomy and earth science to consider what the scientists do, could life exists on another planet?
This five-part series examines the discoveries found in the constellation Pegasus. Fomalhaut, a star the size of our sun was discovered to have a planet. See the series events from the launch of the Hubble Space Observatory to the announcement of the amazing discovery.
Part three of this five-part series completes a full description of what seasons are like on the planet orbiting the star Fomalhaut. Discover the "Goldilocks Zone," the conditions needed for life, and bacteria on Earth that can live in the most extreme environments. Could life in Earth's extreme zones be similar to those on other planets?
This video is intended to complete the ESO clip on the first Earth-like planet ever found. Learn all about Earth-like exoplanets other solar systems, and the keys components needed for extra-planetary life. Many questions are answered and even more exciting ones are raised, key up your class's curiosity with the idea that their could be life like ours somewhere else in the universe.
New Review Mystery Planet
What can one learn about a planet based on a small surface sample? Learners will explore artifacts from a mystery planet and see what they can determine about the planet based on the evidence in front of them.
Young scholars investigate various aspects of our solar system. They complete a WebQuest and various online activities, calculate their weight on different planets, conduct Internet research, and create a computer slideshow presentation.
Poor Pluto! This clip answers this questions by defining what a planet is. It turns out that Pluto doesn't quite fit the definition of a planet and has recently been labeled as a dwarf planet. Amazing stuff!
This clip is an introduction to a NASA video often used in planetarium shows. This intro is subtitled in Spanish which is great for ELLs and introduces the idea that there may be life on other planets. Unfortunately, this clip is an intro only and stops short.