Student Internet investigation or "webquest" that explores the subject of the solar system. The activity is divided into three parts. Part one investigates the origins and contents of the solar system. Part two details how spacecraft have explored - and continue to explore - the solar system. Part three compares and contrasts our planetary system with others. The latest links containing images and data are presented as well for these topics.
I use this computer lab activity for my Earth/Space class as part of the Unit XIII "The Solar System" review but it can also be used as a basic high school level webquest review or as an introduction to the subjects. (Some students will finish the activity within one class period but generally it will take about an hour to complete.)
This activity as well as PowerPoint lessons, worksheets, review programs and assessments can be found under the Earth/Space Complete Unit XIII "Solar System" zip file folder.
Terms and concepts in this activity include:
solar system, geocentric, heliocentric, planets, Sun, Moon ,retrograde motion, epicycles, deferent, orbits, Ptolemy, Aristarchus, Copernicus, solar nebula, condensation theory, planetesimals, Jovian planets, extrasolar planet, exoplanet, Kepler telescope, Kepler-62 system, light year, Inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth , Mars, cratering, planetary atmospheres, magnetic fields, planetary composition, runaway greenhouse effect, carbon dioxide, global warming, astronomical unit, plate tectonics, mountain ranges, red planet, Valles Marineris, Olympus Mons, weathering, planetary tilt, seasons, Phobos, Deimos, Mariner, Viking , Pioneer, Outer planets, gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Voyager, Galileo, Great Red Spot, Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, natural satellites, moons, oceans, Saturn's rings, Titan, methane lakes, Huygens probe, Cassini, Uranus' rings, Uranus' tilt, Great Dark Spot, Triton, cryo-volcanoes, Pluto, dwarf planets, major planets, comets, Comet McNaught, Halley's Comet, Oort cloud, nucleus, coma, tail, meteor showers, Geminids, meteor, meteoroid, meteorite, asteroid, Eros, Barringer crater, Ceres, NEAR spacecraft, Apophis