3 - Solar Systems for Educators / Teachers

Current students - This page is for teachers. No tests are posted on these pages. 


Core Videos
Labs / Activities
  • StarryNight
    • F3: The Formation of the Sun and Solar System (15 minutes)
    • B1: Overview of the Solar System (20-30 minutes)
    • B2: Size and Scale of the Solar System (20-30 minutes)
    • C1: The Inner and Outer (30-40 minutes)
    • C3: The Moons of the Planets (15-20 minutes)
    • C4: Pluto as a Dwarf Planet (20-30 minutes)
    • D1: Asteroids of the Main Belt (10-15 minutes)
    • D2: Comets and Meteors (20-30 minutes)
    • D3: Impact: Near Earth Objects (15-20 minutes)
  • Stomp Rockets
  • Solar System Walk & Planet Presentation 
    • Need to get the instructions written, also needs to be used to emphasize the AU idea. 
    • Use the B2.4 math, use the Green Mile?
  • Potato (playdo) light reflection asteroids
    • not really planned out well, need to play with this
  • Cracked Planets
    • tyler did this, need to replicate it. 
  • Comet in the Classroom
  • Impact Cratering with Flour
  • Solar Radiation and the Inverse Law
    • Use lights for this and have them be different distances. 
  • Margarine Planets (Butter planets)
  • Flower Pot Gravity Wells
  • Dwarf Planet Pluto: Facts About the Icy Former Planet (Space.com)
  • The Discovery of Eris, the largest Dwarf Planet (caltech) - not sure if this is true anymore. 
  • Comet Origins and Travels (NASA) - some good info-graphics in here
  • Comet Tale Activity - Good description of how to show comets tails.
  • Microgravity Activities - I could use these to rid the students of the misconception of 'weightlessness' in space
  • Lab - PhET - The Greenhouse Effect
  • Lab - PhET - Gravity and Orbits
  • Extrasolar Planet Radial Velocity Demonstrator ( Attribution: University of Nebraska at Lincoln )
  • The Universe Season 1 "Mercury & Venus: The Inner Planets"
  • The Universe Season 1 "The Outer Planets"
  • The Universe Season 1 "Jupiter: The Giant Planet"
  • The Universe Season 2 "Gravity"
  • The Universe Season 2 "Astrobiology"
  • The Universe Season 3 "Another Earth"
  • Venus Topography Boxes
  • Solar System Game 
Links

Nebraska state standards assessed in this Module:

  • Inquiry, the Nature of Science, and Technology
    • SC12.1.1.e Use tools and technology to make detailed qualitative and quantitative observations
    • SC12.1.1.g Analyze and interpret data, synthesize ideas, formulate and evaluatemodels, and clarify concepts and explanations
    • SC12.1.1.i Propose and/orevaluate possible revisions and alternate explanations
    • SC12.1.1.k Evaluate scientific investigations and offer revisions and new ideas as appropriate
    • SC12.1.2.a Recognize that scientific explanations must be open to questions, possible modifications, and must be based upon historical and current scientific knowledge
    • SC12.1.2.b Describe how society influences the work of scientists and how science, technology, and current scientific discoveries influence and change society
    • SC12.1.2.c Recognize that the work of science results in incremental advances, almost always building on prior knowledge, in our understanding of the world
    • SC12.1.2.d Research and describe the difficulties experienced by scientific innovators who had to overcome commonly held beliefs of their times to reach conclusions that we now take for granted
  • Physical Science
    • SC12.2.2.f Describe gravity as a force that each mass exerts on another mass, which is proportional to the masses and the distance between them
    • SC12.2.3.h Recognize that nuclear reactions (fission, fusion, radioactive decay) convert a fraction of the mass of interacting particles into energy, and this amount of energy is much greater than the energy in chemical interactions
  • Earth and Space Science
    • SC12.4.1.b Recognize that stars, like the Sun, transform matter into energy by nuclear reactions which leads to the formation of other elements
    • SC12.4.4.c Compare and contrast the physical and biological differences of the early Earth with the planet we live on today