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Terrestrial Planets

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars are collectively known as the terrestrial planets. Although part of the same group, each planet has its own set of characteristics. Scholars explore the characteristics that make the planets unique and...
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Characteristics of Inner Planets

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Aspiring astronomers assess the inner planets using this handout. They read about the characteristics of each, noting that all four of them have rocky surfaces. Rotation and revolution are introduced, including Venus' retrograde...
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Temperature of Inner Planets

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Mars, Earth, and Venus contain atmospheres that generate weather. Young scientists explore the temperature of inner planets. They create a model simulating the greenhouse effect before researching and answering guided questions to...
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Planet Line-Ups

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Should Pluto be considered a planet or a dwarf planet? Scholars research planets in our solar system to understand their similarities and differences. It also includes memory activities related to the order of the planets. 
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Planet Interiors

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students view cut-away images of the planets' interiors, comparing and contrasting them with the Earth's in written form. Students also classify each planet as "terrestrial" or "Jovian". The Planet Interiors applet on the CSA website...
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Introducing Terrestrial Biomes

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students use a map to indicate the locations of the different biomes in the world. In this terrestrial biomes lesson, students discuss the plants and animals adapted to live in each biome. 
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Planet Scaling using Extra Terrestrial Tools

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Your class will use a set scale to convert diameters of planets to the model size, the diagram given to expand on the number of planets drawn as concentric circles, and examine the scale that would be needed to fit the larger planets on...
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Solar System Formation and Extra-Solar Planets

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Has the solar system always been like it is today? A lesson presentation begins with a discussion of the formation of our solar system. It continues with a compare and contrast of the inner and outer planets. 
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Extra-Terrestrial Excursions

For Students 4th - 6th
In this mathematics worksheet, students determine the amount of time it would take to get to the moon and each planet in the solar system at a speed of 40,000 kilometers per hour. Then they use that information to determine how old they...
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Could We Actually Live on Mars?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What would be the best place to live on Mars? A fascinating look at the geographical of Mars is sure to intrigue the future astronomers in your middle or high school class. A short video introduces learners to the different...
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Our Solar System

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Take your class on a journey through our solar system. Learners explore each planet, from Mercury to Pluto, and discuss various features that differentiate one from another. They complete activities related to the topics and discuss the...
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The Engine of Life

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
There is a specific zone, or distance from a star, that a planet must be in order to have water in a liquid form. The activity demonstrates how flux density depends on its distance from the source. A photovoltaic cell gets power to drive...
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The Earth

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Your fingernails grow at approximately the same rate Earth's continents move. The video discusses Earth as a planet, its layers, our magnetic field, the atmosphere, and the human impact on Earth. It provides interesting facts that...
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Bubble Planets

For Teachers K - 6th
Students examine how craters are a common feature of terrestrial planetary surfaces and produce a model of one.
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Hopping Across the Solar System

For Teachers K - 6th
Students role-play and communicate that objects in space have describable properties, locations, and movements. Students identify and communicate effectively that Earth is the third planet from the Sun in the solar system, eight other...
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Planet Interiors

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young scholars compare and contrast the Earth's interior with 2 other planets by looking at images on the computer. In this planet interiors lesson plan, students write a paper about their findings.
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Solar System Relative Size & Distances

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students study distance of planets in the solar system.  In this solar system lesson students complete an activity that helps them to determine the distances of planets. 
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What Studying Earth Can Tell Us About Life on Mars

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Most research about life on Mars actually happens on Earth. An installment of the SciShow Space series introduces young scientists to the process of learning about one planet by studying our own. They observe photos of the similar...
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From Earth to Eternity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate the planets of the solar system and create and present an iMovie focusing on information obtained on their assigned planet. The final presentation includes music, transitions, and special effects.
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Pre-Instructional Planning

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Learners study the planets and examine the effects of parallax.  In this Earth Science lesson students participate in exercises about light and the planets. 
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Solar System Model

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How many planets can you name? Did you get all 13 in our solar system, including the dwarf planets, or were you surprised when you read there are 13 planets? The instructional activity helps scholars understand the scale of the universe...
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Planetary Diversity

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the infrared radiation and the part of the spectrum that is not always visible.  In this electromagnetic lesson students complete a lab activity on the different wavelengths.
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A Mission-To-Mars Quiz

For Students 6th - 8th
In this space exploration worksheet, students complete a 6 question multiple choice on-line interactive exercise about the exploration of Mars.
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Earth

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students study the earth in relation to the solar system.  In this planetary lesson students complete several investigations into the measurement of the earth and its magnetic field.

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