The Solar System:

Solar_System.jpgIntroduction:

Our solar system contains 8 planets and many other objects that orbit the Sun. You and your partner will create 2 PowerPoint slides that include information about a planet or other object in our solar system and present it to the class.

TEKS:

  • 7.9A analyze the characteristics of objects in our solar system that allow life to exist such as the proximity of the Sun, presence of water, and composition of the atmosphere; and


  • 7.9B identify the accommodations, considering the characteristics of our solar system that enabled manned space exploration



Instructions:

  1. Click on the file and save it in the OHenry Shared Drive as "PowerPoint_Planets_Planet Name".

  2. Open the file to see what information you need to fill in the empty PowerPoint slides.

  3. Use the resources below and any text-books in class to help you find all the required information.

  4. Once your are done, ask the teacher for a USB drive; you will save your work on the USB drive.


Vocabulary:

  1. Atmosphere: the collection of gases around a planet held in place by gravity.
  2. Atmospheric Surface Pressure: the force on an area of the surface due to the weight of gas above it; Units are in either bars or atmospheres (atms).
  3. Diameter: the length of line that passes completely through a circle.
  4. Jovian Planets: also known as the gas planets; these planets contain very little rock.
  5. Probe: a scientific instrument used to collect data
  6. Revolution Period: the time it takes an object to move around another object; for example it takes 365 days for Earth to revolve around the sun.
  7. Rotation Period: the time it take an object to turn once completely; for example, it takes 24 hours for the Earth to rotate on its axis.
  8. Satellite: a scientific instrument launched into space that is used to collect data
  9. Terrestrial Planets: also known as the rocky planets; these planets are mostly made up of rock.


Resources:

In addition to the online resources below, we also have a few books in class that will help.

  1. http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/index.cfm

  2. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/favorite-planet.html

  3. http://www.kidsastronomy.com/solar_system.htm

  4. http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system

  5. http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/planetfact.html

  6. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/tour-solar-system.html

  7. Brain Pop: Collection of Space Videos

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