Reflection: Lesson Planning Asteroids, Meteors & Comets - Section 3: Part 1 (Comprehension - Visualization - Demonstration)

 

A fun and memorable demonstration for this lesson is to construct a model composed of materials similar to that found in an actual comet. Due to the safety of handling dry ice, it is safer for the teacher to prepare the model.

However, if you use enough materials you can make small comets, enough for one for each table group to observe. When building these I place them on to a tray then go over some basic safety with my students before setting the trays on each of the lab tables. Students can observe the comet sublimating as the gas goes solid to vapor and you can discuss the purpose of the other materials that are part of the ingredients of the model. The National Optical Astronomy Observatory has a resource with directions for creating this demonstration.

  Demonstration
  Lesson Planning: Demonstration
Loading resource...
 

Asteroids, Meteors & Comets

Unit 8: Where Is Earth In Space?
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT compare and contrast the physical properties and locations of asteroids, meteors and comets.

Big Idea: Through this series of activities students will be able to explain the differences between these three objects.

  Print Lesson
12 teachers like this lesson
Subject(s):
Science, solar system, Earth and Space Science, asteroids, Meteors, space, Planets
  80 minutes
asteroids
 
1
2
3
4
5
Similar Lessons
 
Tides
6th Grade Science » Oceanography
Big Idea: Students never think about the moon causing the motion in the ocean. Learn how this celestial body contributes to the ocean's dynamic water levels.
  Favorites(19)
  Resources(16)
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
Melodie Brewer
 
How do we stay on the Earth?
5th Grade Science » Gravity
Big Idea: The concept of gravity has many components and student are always curious about why we are able to stay "grounded".
  Favorites(6)
  Resources(18)
Thousand Oaks, CA
Environment: Suburban
Jennifer Mutch
 
Scale Model of The Sun & Earth
6th Grade Science » Earth, Sun, and Moon
Big Idea: Models help us to understand a system or a process and are central to scientific investigations, doing research, and communicating information. Models have a variety of uses but most importantly are a visual tool that provides data.
  Favorites(13)
  Resources(12)
Westmont, IL
Environment: Suburban
Laura Riley
 
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload
details
close