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Four fabulous activities immerse amateur astronomers into measuring objects that we cannot handle. The experiences are applied to NASA's Space Interferometry Mission, which will take measurements of planets around stars other than our sun. The lesson plan is extremely well-written, containing background information, teacher narrative, materials and procedures for the activities, and mathematical applications. Add this engaging lesson plan to your space science repertoire.
Students recognize the positions of planets in the solar system. In this solar system lesson, students research the planets in small groups and write a report. Students illustrate their reports. Students complete a worksheet on their age on their planet. Students complete a short assessment at the end of the project.
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.
Students compare Earth and Mars to find similarities between the two planets using given websites. They collect and download pictures of geological features of both planets from print and non-print sources. Descriptions of the geological features are written and pairs of pictures are posted side-by-side for comparison.
Sixth graders investigate the relative diameters of planets and distances between them and the cause for seasons on Earth using the 5-E Learning Model. They appreciate the size and distances involved with objects in the real universe. Students explore why Earth experiences seasons, and discover the climatic differences between the poles, middle latitudes and the equator.
After reading a short excerpt about the planet named after the Roman god of war, Mars, your class will answer four comprehension questions. The worksheet challenges them to fold over the paper and answer the questions without referring back to the excerpt. An answer sheet is available.
The fascinating video "Changing Planet: Fresh Water in the Arctic," introduces your oceanographers to the world's gyres. They learn that melting sea ice is making the gyres larger, and that the changes could, in turn, contribute even more to global climate change. Learners perform a simulation of ocean water circulation, placing colored sequins in the water to visualize its movement. They make connections between the atmosphere and oceans. Use this lesson to explore the far-reaching impact of climate change and the cycle that it may trigger.
Young scholars access prior knowledge about greenhouse gases. in this greenhouse gases lesson, students read an article for information to understand what greenhouse gases are and how they affect climate. Young scholars make diagrams to illustrate the effects of greenhouse gases on the planet.