Author - Karen Humphreys
Category - Lesson Plans, Science, Astronomy
Lesson Plan Duration - 30 minute(s)
Grade Level - 6-8

Lesson Plan Description

After students have learned the characteristicis of Aseroids, comets and Meteors this activity will help catorgorize and organize the information

Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will be able to explore current scientific views of the universe and how those views evolved.

Students will describe the characteristics of comets, asteroids and meteors.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Studens will be able to explore current scientific views of the universe and how those views evolved

Students will describe the characteristics of comets, asteroids and meteors

Procedures/Activities:

1.  Allow students to pair up

2.  Students will discuss in their pairs the characteristics of a meteor, asteroid and comets

3.  Students will use attached worksheet to organize their information

4.  Students place an X in the appropriate boxes to indicate characteristics of asteroids, comets and meteors.

5.  Students illustrate a meteor, comet and asteroid in the boxes at the bottom of the worksheet.

Materials/Equipment:

1.  Asteroid, Comet, or Meteor? worksheet

2.  Colored pens/pencils

3.  Information/notes/textbook on meteors, comets and asteroids.

 

Assessment Guidelines:

Assess for accuracy.

Answers:

Frozen ball of gas - comet

Is visable in our sky - comet, asteroid, meteor

Made up of rock - meteor, asteroid

Obits between Jupiter and Mars - asteroid

Usually burns up in the Earth's atmosphere - meteor

Remains of the formation of the solar system - asteroid

Can be bigger than a moon - asteroid

Tail points away from the Sun - comet

Found in all parts of th solar system - comet, asteroid, meteor

Bits and pieces of planet that never formed - asteroid

Possibly caused the extinction of donosaurs - asteroid

Can be located in the tail of a comet - meteor

Called a meterorite when contacts Earth - meteor