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Our Solar Neighborhood

Target Audience
  • Students
Hosting Center(s)
  • Armstrong Flight Research Center
  • Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Kennedy Space Center
Subject Category
  • Earth Science
  • Physical Science
Unit Correlation
  • Exploring NASA Missions
  • Exploring Space
  • Exploring Earth
Grade Level
  • K-04
Minimum Delivery Time
  • 030 min(s)
Maximum Connection Time
  • 050 min(s)

Event Focus

Our solar system is a vast area with planets, asteroids, comets, and other objects orbiting one star, our Sun. What are the distinguishing characteristics of the planets in our solar system, the distances between them, and the paths they travel?

 

Description

This module is appropriate for video conference AND web conference presentation

 

During this event, students will exchange information about our distinctive planets orbiting one massive star, our Sun. They will learn about current NASA missions and how we use the information gathered to further our exploration of space.  We hope that you will join us for a journey of discovery about our unique solar system.  Join us and let the discovery begin!

 

 

 

Instructional Objectives

 

Engage

 

The learner will share prior knowledge about the solar system, such as objects found in the system, and universe with the NASA Education Specialist

Explore

The learner will  identify and discuss physical characteristics of the Sun, planets, and asteroids

Explain

The learner will distinguish the difference between planets and stars, categorize the planets as major and dwarf planets, and examine the reasons why planets are different sizes by applying their knowledge of the states of matter

 

Elaborate

The learner will  illustrate the distances planets travel around the Sun by creating a bar graph during the videoconference

Evaluate

The learner will  demonstrate their understanding of the solar system by completing a post-activity assessment, and compare their results from their pre-activity assessment

 
 

Sequence of Events

 

Pre-Conference Activities

 

 

The links below are previews of the activities only. For the complete module and event information, please see the Complete Educator Guide link.

 

          K-4 Complete Educator Guide           

 

 

"Make a Solar Model" Activity: Have students work individually or in teams to build their scale model solar system.

 

          2-4 Make a Solar Model Activity             

 

 

“Planet Facts” Activity: Students will discover interesting facts about each planet through this activity.

 

          2-4 Planet Facts Activity             

 

 

 

Videoconference Activities

 

 

 

Post-Conference Activities

 

 

More astronomy activities:

          http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/

          http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/index.shtml

 

Find out your weight and age on other planets:

          http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/Puzzles/Age.asp

          http://vathena.arc.nasa.gov/curric/space/planets/agewt.html

 

Kids study Hubble Space Telescope:

          http://sm3a.gsfc.nasa.gov/classrm.html

 

Ask an Astronomer your questions at:

          http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/ask/askmag.html

 

 
 

Standards

 

Science Standards (NSES) Science as Inquiry Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry Understandings about scientific inquiry

 

Physical Science Properties of objects and materials

 

Life Science Characteristics of organisms

 

Earth and Space Science Objects in the sky

 

Science and Technology Understandings about science and technology Abilities to distinguish between natural and objects made by humans

 

History and Nature of Science Science as a human endeavor

 

Orbital Period Graph Activity: Data analysis and probability Connections Representation Solar System Scale Activity: Problem Solving Measurement Spatial Relationships Representation of a real world situation with models (including use of scale factors) Connections

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