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Bill Nye The Science Guy on Planets and MoonsLesson Planet
2 mins 3rd - 6th
Why is a Neptune year longer than a Mercury year? Planetary orbits are compared as Bill Nye The Science Guy swings a tether ball around his head. He reveals that increasing distances from the sun make the journeys around it longer....
Study Jams! A Day on EarthLesson Planet
4 mins 4th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
It's good thing that it isn't up to RJ to spin the earth on its axis; he can't even keep a basketball spinning! In this video animation, he and viewers learn about Earth's movements in space. One thing to consider before you use this...
Kepler's Third Law of MotionLesson Planet
6 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Kepler and Newton make a great team! Derive Kepler's Third Law of Motion using Newton's work with gravitational forces. An installment of the Socratica "Astronomy" playlist explores the applications of Kepler's Third Law of Motion after...
Exploring the Solar System: All About Spacecraft/SpaceflightLesson Planet
9th - 12th
Rarely do you find resources that reach high school astronomy learners. Here is something at their level! The physics of flyby missions is explained via several examples. Landing, penetrating, and roving spacecraft are examined. Diagrams...
Toilet Paper Solar SystemLesson Planet
3rd - 6th CCSS: Adaptable
Can we model how large the solar system really is? Attempt an astronomical feat with a hands-on-activity that uses a roll of toilet paper. Young scientists measure the distances of the planets from the sun to create a scale model of the...
Happy 14th B’ak’tun, the start of the next Great Mayan cycleLesson Planet
5th - 9th CCSS: Designed
The ancient Mayans had a complex calendar and number system with a rich history. In fact, the date 12/21/2012 was the center of much controversy as to whether or not it was the end of time. It wasn't the end of time, but it was the end...