Exoplanets through Kepler’s Laws

The majority of all confirmed exoplanets relied on Kepler's laws to discover their locations. Scholars learn how to apply Kepler's laws and then practice using data to discover exoplanets. They benefit from NASA video footage, NOVA explanations, and many high-quality support materials as part of the PBS 9-12 Space series.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the difference between logarithmic graphs and other types of graphs before having them use data to create their own
  • Learn about the most recent exoplanet discoveries
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of planetary motion, transits, and orbits

  • Provides non-visual supports for those with impaired sight
  • Lesson follows 5E format

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