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Astronomy - Planets / Stars
« on: September 30, 2017, 01:06:46 PM »
Two 45 minute lesson plans for middle schoolers. I used them for my low / intermediate / high level 2nd grade classes.

I used some videos to pad the lesson out:

Planets
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRjGarICal4 - started with this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usYC_Z36rHw - to show the size of the planets

Some interesting facts you can throw at them:
Saturn isn't the only planet with rings - Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune also have them.
A 'Mercury day' is longer than a 'Mercury year'.
The 5th largest moon in the Solar System is the Moon.
The largest mountain is 'Olympus Mons' on Mars - around 3x bigger than Everest.
Jupiter's red spot is a giant storm (3x size of Earth) that has been raging for at least 350 years.

Note: the reasons for the naming of the planets Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are a bit iffy, just included them for the sake of consistency.. and they kind of make sense.

Stars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbdwTwB8jtc - after covering nebulae / protostars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEheh1BH34Q - after introducing low / high mass stars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtWeH4-Ugy4 - supernova vid

Some interesting facts you can throw at them:
One teaspoon of the matter of a neutron star is heavier than Mt. Everest.
A supernova explosion can light up the night sky for several weeks to several months. One supernova explosion can be brighter than an entire galaxy.
All the heavy elements in the universe were made in the middle of giant stars and their resulting supernovae - we are all made of star dust.

The info in the star lesson is just a simplified overview of some of the processes involved, but should be good enough to give the students a good understanding of the general life cycle of stars.

Any questions then fire away :)
« Last Edit: January 14, 2018, 07:09:02 PM by Datasapien »
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Re: Astronomy - Planets / Stars
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2017, 03:22:55 PM »


edit: OK, so image hosting doesn't work, real A-plus job waygook.

These ppts are very nice.

How does the planets quiz work?
« Last Edit: November 08, 2017, 03:24:31 PM by alexteacherkorea »

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Re: Astronomy - Planets / Stars
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2017, 05:53:09 PM »
Looks awesome. Will try this. Cheers!

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Re: Astronomy - Planets / Stars
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2017, 10:07:07 AM »

How does the planets quiz work?

I show the Ss the highlighted planet - first S to raise their hand and correctly name the planet gets a point. I taught this lesson at a week-long English camp, and there was a system in place for rewarding the students at the end of the week based on how many points they had. That slide is a relic of that - I've not used it since, so you can delete or ignore based on your needs.

Another activity you can do which I found quite good was to get the Ss to stand in a circle, and to cycle through the planet names in order (Mercury -> Venus -> Mars ...). If a S made a mistake or took too long, they sat down and were out. Keep going until you or the students get bored, hah.
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Re: Astronomy - Planets / Stars
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2017, 07:57:30 PM »
Ok, from what I can see this looks really cool. Thanks for posting!

Also, I'm sorry, but I can't figure out how to see attachments. I searched to see if I could find someone asking the same question but no luck! Could someone please explain to me how to access the attachments?

Thanks again!

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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 07:59:12 AM »
You need to make at least 5 posts, I think, in order to see the downloads, and then you will need to pay for a subscription fee in order to access the materials  :sad:
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2017, 01:52:36 PM »
Ah, ok. Thank you for answering my question! As it goes, I decided to bite the bullet and subscribe. Hopefully it will be worth it!

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Re: Astronomy - Planets / Stars
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 04:43:57 AM »
The moon Titan has a larger diameter than our Moon in fact.

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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 07:08:12 PM »
I stand corrected  :shocked: Ganymede is the largest, followed by Titan. Seems my memory can't be trusted!
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2018, 08:49:00 AM »
Great work. Love the worksheet! I will be using this during graduation week. You saved my butt. Thanks ^^ Much appreciated.

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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2018, 01:39:37 PM »
Thanks for the kind words, glad the materials came in handy  ;D
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