The Solar Wind Tunnel

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The winds of change are blowing in our very own solar system!  But what makes some heavenly bodies more affected by solar winds than others?  Pupils discover the concept of magnetic forces at work in space in this attractive interactive, a part of the expansive The Outer Planets interactive site exploring magnetized and non-magnetized planets. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Invite classmates to pair up, or create pairs of your choosing based on learning styles
  • Assign review or notes from the interactive as homework, then have class complete the Lab Notebook with a partner
  • Lab notebook may be printed and handed in
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners must be able to download NASA content; check with your school to make sure these downloads are permissible, as the NASA video clip is an essential part of the interactive
  • Interactive is a portion of The Outer Planets site and would require a maximum of 20 minutes for the majority of the class to complete in groups of two
  • Embedded Lab Notebook allows paired students to record notes about the bodies studied and their conclusions regarding the effects of solar winds on each type
  • Interactive cursor changes to reflect each body, so that learners may observe the appearance and size of each in relation to the sun
  • Great flipped classroom potential!
  • Sound difficulties within the NASA link that illustrates what an aurora is