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Asteroids and Comets: Teachers

Asteroid

Find out more about asteroids from NASA.

Learn about comets from NASA.

Learn about NASA's Near Earth Object Program for additional information on asteroids, comets and meteors and find updates to missions related to these bodies.

Carolina Curriculum has a pdf book chapter devoted to asteroids, comets and meteors for you to use on your interactive whiteboard with your whole class or for a small group – grades 5 and up. Great pictures and details to help you teach about these bodies.

Create a comet in your classroom for a hands-on activity.

Comet

These lesson plans on asteroids and comets, including graphic organizers, may be helpful as you prepare your teaching unit.

Here is a “Space Rocks” game board about comets, meteors and asteroids for you to make and use with your class. Rules, instructions and answer key for “Space Rocks” game board here.

Comet Myths, Facts and Legends lesson.

PowerPoint for upper grades (4th and up) to help with discussion of comets and asteroids. Great images of impact craters, asteroids, asteroid belt and lots more.

A simpler Power Point for younger students may be found here.

For middle school teachers, The National Museum of Natural History provides standards-aligned lesson plans, videos, worksheets and online activities on asteroids and meteorites.

Potatoes

Short videos about comets and asteroids to motivate and teach.

Make Asteroids out of mashed potatoes – sounds crazy right? It's from NASA so it probably tastes great!! But the science is even better!!

The Dawn spacecraft's mission is to explore and orbit the two largest bodies in the asteroid belt. Watch Dawn's discoveries from its orbits around Vesta and Ceres, and check out Dawn's educator resources and student page.

Take a look at this engaging NASA worksheet comparing the attributes of asteroids, comets, and meteoroids

Check out the Comet and Asteroids teaching resources from Amazing Space.

Share the “Cool Comets” video with your class – from NASA

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