Come explore a beautiful marriage of both math and science. Experience Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion like you never have before. In this dynamic ellipse lab, content and inquiry go hand in hand. This special creation is applicable to many ability and grade levels. This is lab is LOADED starting with Kepler’s 3 Laws. First, the law of ellipses. Second, the law of equal areas. Third, the law of periods. Primary topics tackled in this lab activity are models of the solar system, history of astronomy, orbital properties (similarities and differences), a detailed and dynamic math based ellipse lab, eccentricity, aphelion, perihelion, and much, much more.
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about planetary orbits. This has been used as both a lab and an assessment. This is an effective teaching tool in small groups and as a class.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your astronomy teaching library.
Cut and paste or Velcro and laminate for special education applications and alternative assessments.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 6th – 12th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, administrators, and curriculum field professionals.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
Even used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”