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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: Introduction to Astronomy: The Solar System
Submitted by: Xu vang on Jun 28, 2005
Date Last Modified: Jun 28, 2005
Title: Introduction to the Planets and Solar System
Description: Students will research and present their findings about different planets and objects in our solar system.
Type of Task: Student-centered, Team
Time Required Three (60 mins) class period
Topics: Astronomy: Planets and Solar System
Course: Earth Science
Audience: High School
Categories:
Prerequisites Skills: Search the World Wide Web.
Powerpoint.
Learning Objectives: California Earth Science Standards:
Earth's Place in the Universe (1a)
Investigation and Experimentation (1m)
Text of Learning Exercise: Students will be placed in a group of four (4).
Each group will choose a topic to research: a planet, comets, asteroids, Sun, or
meteorites.

Task of each group memeber:
A) Geologist:
1. Describe and explain the geologic features found.
2. Describe and explain the atmospheric conditions.
3. Can life be supported? Why or why not?
B) Astronomer:
1. Location of the object in the Solar System.
2. Describe the rate of revolution; rate of rotation; surface temperature;
orbital shape; number of satellites; mass; composition.
3. Explain the significance of your discovery.
C) Statistical Analyst:
1. Create data tables and/or graphs of the information you obtain.
2. Explain your results to your politician.
3. What additional information should you consider?
D) Politician:
1. Should you fund additional research? Explain, why or why not?
2. Discuss the funding of this project.







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