of "Q&A: Comets"
Q&A: Comets is a series of questions and answers about comets written for teachers and students. The questions are ones that students might ask while studying comets. Teachers can use this Q&A to gain additional knowledge about comets, or use it in the classroom as outlined below.
Format(s) available: Printer-friendly web page
Grades: Adaptable, at teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom
Teachers can use Q&A: Comets as:
An engagement activity. Use selected questions to start a discussion.
An inquiry tool. Use selected questions and answers to help students generate questions. Propose a question, such as "What is a comet?" (see question 1 in Q&A: Comets). Have students read the answer to the question and write down 35 questions they would like answered as a result of reading the material.
A source of information. Students can use the questions and answers as part of their research on comets.
A form of review. Use the questions as a review at the end of a unit on comets.
A follow-up. Have students read the questions and answers to gain additional information about comets following a related activity.
A starting point for a debate. "Was Shoemaker-Levy 9 a comet or an asteroid?" This idea is addressed in the question "What did the impact sites tell us about Shoemaker-Levy 9?" (see question 17 in Q&A: Comets).
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