Asteroids, Comets, Meteors

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The lesson introduces students to asteroids, comets, and meteors, discussing the characteristics of each. Many people are confused between the three and information is given to help students identify differences.  Most students become interested and engaged when obtaining new knowledge about space.The students will be able to define identify characteristics, and compare/contrast asteroids, comets, and meteors.

Asteroids, Comets, Meteors Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Asteroids, Comets, Meteors
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying and using Asteroids, Comets, Meteors
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to asteroids, comets, and meteors, discussing the characteristics of each. Many people are confused between the three and information is given to help students identify differences.  Most students become interested and engaged when obtaining new knowledge about space.  The lesson may be used with other astronomy-related lessons or used as a single lesson.  There are excellent resources which are highly recommended for use in the classroom.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask: Besides stars and planets, what other objects can be found in space?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Answers may also include satellites, moons, etc.  Encourage students to think about other things that move through space.
  3. Allow further responses and discussion. Introduce asteroids, comets, and meteors.
  4. Distribute Asteroids, Comets, Meteors content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Distribute colored pencils.  Encourage students to name each object.
  6. Once completed, students share their images with the class. They read the facts and students guess the type of space object before the image is shown.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask: If you could ride through space on an asteroid, comet, or meteor; which would you choose?  Why?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1.C
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.5
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1.C
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.5
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Science