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NGSS MS ESS1-3 Earth’s Place in the Universe/Objects in the Solar System Worksheet
Worksheet to check for key understanding of subject matter. Can be edited for younger or older students. Actual student question sheet is one page.
Not designed as a project to design, construct, or investigate a model.
1) Define solar system.
2) Explain why an astronomical unit is an average and not a constant.
3) Pick two planets and illustrate them. Then list three similarities and differences.
4) List the following according to size and then identify which objects would have the strongest gravitational field based on its mass. Planet, meteor, asteroid, galaxy, comet, and solar system.
5) Solve. An astronomer observes an object in space that she thinks is made of rock and ice. It has a highly irregular shape and has a highly elliptical orbit around the sun. What is it? Explain your answer.
6) Evaluate how technological advances in space-probes and telescopes have increased scientists’ understanding of the solar system.
Check out my NGSS MS ESS1-3 Earth’s Place in the Universe/Objects in the Solar System PowerPoint to use as a resource.