The Solar System // Dwarf Planets
In this lesson, students will gain a thorough understanding of the recent 2006 definition of a planet, and the five dwarf planets that are now recognized in the solar system. Check out the preview above!
Students will learn about:
*Pluto, Ceres, Eris, Haumea, and Makemake
*the discovery of planets further and further out
*the Kuiper belt
*the asteroid belt
*the 2006 International Astronomers Union vote that changed the definition of a planet to exclude Pluto
*the definition of a planet
*the discoverers of dwarf planets
*basic facts and location of the five officially recognized dwarf planets
*Student reading / learning pages
*Student work pages
*Student homework pages
*Student vocabulary work
*Lesson Plan for teacher
*PowerPoint to compliment the lesson (but not required to teach it)
*Rubrics to mark all submitted work
This is the eighth lesson in a full unit called “The Solar System.“
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Full Unit Available in Two Parts
The Solar System Full Unit – PART ONE
The Solar System Full Unit – PART TWO
Individual Lesson Plans Available Here:
Lesson One – An Overview FREE!
Lesson Two - The Sun
Lesson Three – Mercury and Venus
Lesson Four - Earth
Lesson Five - Mars
Lesson Six – Jupiter and Saturn
Lesson Seven – Uranus and Neptune
Lesson Eight – Dwarf Planets