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Learning Exercise: Introduction to the Planets and Solar System

Introduction to the Planets and Solar System
Students will research and present their findings about different planets and objects in our solar system.
Course: Earth Science


Submitted by:
Xu vang
Date Last Modified:
June 28, 2005


Students will be placed in a group of four (4).
Each group will choose a topic to research: a planet, comets, asteroids, Sun, or

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.



  • High School


Astronomy: Planets and Solar System


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Learning Objectives

California Earth Science Standards:
Earth's Place in the Universe (1a)
Investigation and Experimentation (1m)

Type of Task

  • Student-centered
  • Team