Teaching about how the moon orbits the Earth or the Earth orbits the Sun?
Student learn about rotation and revolution. Then, a fun teacher demonstration with a Koosh™ ball and string shows students how planets near the Sun have a faster orbital speed compared to planets far from our Sun. They definitely pay attention while they are watching this one!
✓ A PowerPoint™ presentation
* makes it easy to introduce the orbits of the planets in our solar system including Eris and Pluto. All the images in the presentation are copyright free so you can use them any way you like!
✓ A brief teacher background
gives you an overview of how forward motion and gravity affect an orbit.
✓ A student text
about orbits. Choose from three reading levels in English AND two in Spanish. Do your students struggle with reading? All have been recorded
for students who benefit from hearing the text. Choose color images if you have the option of printing in color or blackline images for students to color.
✓ FOUR different assessments
: quick, pencil-and-paper, for a struggling student, and for a capable student.
✓ The worksheet included in English and Spanish and the assessments included in English and Spanish have all been saved as Word™ files so you can easily modify them for your students.
Kids love to watch this demonstration!
This product could be used in a unit to meet NGSS standard 5-1ESS1-2♦
How often do you teach science and how long are your science classes? The teaching duration would be about five science classes!
Need other astronomy
products? Check out eclipses
, inner planets
, our solar system
, outer planets
, phases of the moon - older students
, phases of the moon - younger students
, and sundials
. We even have a solar system BUNDLE
and a phases of the Moon BUNDLE
to save you money!
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♦ 5-ESS1-2. Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.