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Making Models of the Solar System
Students make several models of the solar system to learn the positions of the planets in the solar system as well as relative distances and sizes. Creation of these models will help them identify the planets by size, shape, color, features, and position in the solar system. This lesson also includes practice of key vocabulary words as well as the skills of asking and answering specific questions.
What Orbital Dynamic Variables Are Responsible For Earth's Weather?
Young scholars construct an Earth/Sun model of planet revolution that incorporates the orbital geometry concepts. They record Earth/Sun relative distance and Sun nadir observations acquired from model simulation of Earth's relative position and geometry at each solstice and equinox.
Understanding Distance in Space
Students discover the vocabulary used for distances in space and review measurement units and instruments before creating a scale model of the planets. They determine how to calculate the relative distances between the planets using a scale distance then display the distances by creating a model.
Demonstrating the Distances of Stars
Learners examine the distance from Earth to stars. They create a model to show the arrangement of constellations. They also identify the importance of the parallax effect.
Great Circle Lesson
Guide your class in this computer-based activity to explore Earth's spherical geometry and the concept of the Great Circle. Map projections and relative distances between places on Earth's surface are used to facilitate spatial and aspatial queries.
Interpreting Distance–Time Graphs
Pre-algebra protégés critique a graph depicting Tom's trip to the bus stop. They work together to match descriptive cards to distance-time graph cards and data table cards, all of which are provided for you so you can make copies for your class. Large images are also provided for you to project as you explain the activity to the class. This thoroughly written lesson plan contains every thing you need to be well-prepared for meeting Common Core standards in your middle school math class!
Stellar Distance Using Parallax
As a follow up to the Kahn Academy video on parallax, this video focuses on parallax as it relates to astronomical distance. Sal uses cardinal directions and the seasons to orient students in the proverbial night sky. After providing a context he connects parallax to the trigonometric equations necessary to determine a stellar distance. A background in trigonometry would be helpful to comprehend the application of parallax.
Is Time Travel Possible?
What flies faster than the speed of light? A time traveler! This video explains the time-speed-distance relationship, time dilation, and the theoretical possibilities of time travel in a way that is super engaging. Along with the video, find multiple choice and discussion questions. In a Dig Deeper link, you will find more information and links to other related videos. Use this resource, along with another suggested video for how to slow time down in video-making and writing, to introduce a creative writing assignment for young physicists or as an enrichment when teaching about speed!
Using the Attributes of Light to Determine Distances in Space.
Students investigate the distance of stars. In this solar system lesson, students explore a virtual world in Second Life that will allow them to collect information about star distances, mass, and color. Students take screen captures and create a document that details the information collected. Students then present their information to the class.
Have learners graph complex numbers to gain a visual and mathematical understanding of the distance and the midpoint between two complex numbers. This lesson is short, but to the point, and addresses an important complex number concept. It also contains useful information to help guide your pupils' understanding.
Pocket Solar System
The scale of the solar system is difficult to grasp without some sort of concrete visual; with some register tape and different-sized stickers, teach astronomers of any age just how spread out our solar system really is. Try to use stickers (or have kids draw planets) that are somewhat to scale regarding the relative size of the planets to help with the overall understanding of the concepts.
High schoolers interpret the slope and y-intercept of the least squares regression line of the real-life data represented by number of hours traveled vs. distance traveled. This fine plan includes an interactive website where learners can practice problems, a worksheet that is used for a statistical analysis of classroom data, and excellent closing activities. Very, very good.
The Toilet Paper Solar System
Students classify the planets in the solar system, study planetary objects, and measure the relative distance between planets. In this solar system instructional activity, students use toilet paper to complete a scale model of the distance between the planets in the solar system. Students find ways to classify the planets and their attributes. Students then visit the given websites to compare the Earth to the other planets and complete the various activities.
An Inflated Impression of Mars
Middle schoolers use scaling in order to give students an idea of the size of Mars in relation to the Earth and the Moon as well as the distance between them. The middle schoolers calculate dimensions of the scaled versions of the planets. They use balloons to represent their relative sizes and locations. Students use a model of Earth, Mars and the Moon to explain why scaling is useful when we want to know about objects that are too big or too small to see.
Beginning Rates of Change
Giddayup! How can we represent how far a horse can trot within a certain amount of time? Show it on a graph! After examining this example, math classes crate their own "stories" for different tables of time and distance data, and then address several more word problems in which rates are represented by data in tables and on graphs. This may be just what you are looking for to help meet Common Core standards for understanding rate of change!
The Solar System Walk
A unique lesson on the solar system, and some of the mathematics associated with it, is here for your high schoolers. Pupils are put into groups of four, and each group is assigned one of the planets from our solar system. They must perform mathematical conversions and calculations to determine their planet's distance from the sun. Two excellent worksheets are embedded in the plan, which will make implementation quite easy. Very good!
Distance across the channel
Here you will find a model of a linear relationship between two quantities, the water depth of a channel and the distance across the channel at water level. The cross section of the channel is the shape of an isosceles trapezoid. The function is as the distance across the channel (d) increases the water depth (y) increase. It is up to your class to graph this function and determine what the slope and vertical intercept means. The commentary extends the task by asking how much water is flowing down the channel. If your scholars know the area of a trapezoid and are able to look up the velocity of water this would make a great extension. But the resource has enough algebra content without including the extension.
Distance and Functions
Students calculate the distance using the distance formula. For this geometry lesson, students identify the distance a taxi cab travels. They relate distance to functions and relate it to the real world.
Earth and Sun's Distance
Students consider the shape of the Earth's orbit around the Sun. They view the first segment of Science Court video and use Timeliner software to construct a scale of the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
Our Solar System and Seasons
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.