This lesson introduces students to the planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars. Students will learn about the atmosphere, composition, orbits, and surface conditions of each planet. There are a variety of images and web links included with the lesson for providing students a closer look at each planet.
This lesson is part of the Athabasca University Astronomy 230: Northern Lights, Northern Skies course. In this lesson, you will learn how to contrast the observable characteristics of each of the planets, how to describe the variability of brightness of planets, and how to describe the cause of planets being periodically visible in the night sky.
We make a poster and used it to model the motions of the inner planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars as they went around the Sun in Earth year 2005. You and your students can model the motions of the inner planets for the school year of your choice. Attention span: one school year. Time to do it: 30 to 60 minutes to make the poster, a few minutes once a month for students to update the poster. Learning payoff: learn about the motions of the planets, long attention span for small investment in time.
Class today we will be going on a field trip to outer space. Have you thought of being an astronaut, well today is your chance to fulfill that dream. Today you will be travel on that big space ship and travel to the wonderful plants we all dream about. So pick the people you want to be in your space ship and lets head into space.