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One Computer Classroom
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The purpose of this lesson is for students to acquire information about objects in the solar system while collecting solar system trading cards through interactive computer use.
Students will need a third-grade reading level.
Students will need ability to use a computer mouse to point and click on choices.
The gases surrounding a space object, for example, the atmosphere surrounding earth.
A hole or depression formed on impact with a smaller object.
The distance of a line from one side of a sphere to the opposite side that passes through the center.
Wearing away the surface by wind or water
Anything that establishes a fact or gives reason for believing something.
A massive system of stars held together by their mutual gravity.
Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is an automated reflecting telescope, which orbits the Earth above the atmosphere, built by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the European Space Administration. It contains instruments capable of receiving many types of radiation.
The path a satellite takes around a celestial body.
An instrument used to view distant objects in space.
The solar system centers around the Earth.
Scientists know all there is to know about the solar system.
Earth is the largest object in the solar system.
Stars and galaxies are part of the solar system.
The sun is not a star.
Engagement activity number one offers an opportunity to elicit student preconceptions.
Teacher should allow time to locate the website and preview the game.
Students can work in groups of two or individually in a computer lab. Adaptations can be made to accommodate classrooms with only a single computer with Internet access. This might include using an overhead projector with an LCD that projects the computer image on a screen or a hookup from a computer to a television monitor.
You can also complete "Solar System Trading Cards" off-line. Various software programs provide off-line access to the Internet. Their programs allow you to save Web pages to your local hard drive. Using your Netscape browser, you can open the Web pages locally and experience the lesson as if you were viewing it on the Internet. Using this option, however, will deny students access to the references (identified in the Grab Bag pages) available on the World Wide Web.
This is a self-directed interactive computer game. Working independently or in small groups, students will view an image accompanied by a question with three answer choices. They will use the mouse to click on their chosen answer. The students continue the game by making choices on successive screens. The students are assessed at the end of the game with a list of correctly identified solar system objects. Cards collected are shown on the screen as highlighted images.
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Students collect "Solar System Trading Cards" by matching the picture of the solar system object with its name.
The student selects a solar system object from the main page. The object selected appears on a page with its name and two incorrect options; a question is given to the student as a clue to the right answer. Select the correct answer to collect the card and to learn more about the object. When incorrect, a page appears with clues to the correct answer. The student has the opportunity to try again with a different answer.
Students can be evaluated by their individual success with the card collection. Other suggestions are:
|Mars||1 foot 6 inches|
|Jupiter||5 feet 2 inches|
|Saturn||9 feet 6 inches|
It is recommended that teachers project the images from the computer onto a classroom screen using an overhead LCD or television screen. Here are two suggestions to facilitate a large group presentation and avoid last minute glitches that can always occur when using the Internet. Bookmark a selected part of the lesson that you wish to use and download it onto your hard disk. This will eliminate the inconvenience of the Internet going off-line unexpectedly. Another way to prepare is to print ahead of time selected parts of the lesson as paper copies.
Hardcopy versions of images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA missions of the solar system are also available at your closest NASA Educator Resource Center.
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This lesson is easily followed without additional teacher support if the prerequisites are met. Parents can preview the lesson and examine the teacher pages ahead of time. A wealth of information can be found at Hubblesite, the Hubble Space Telescope's website at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Here you can find background information on the telescope, pictures and news releases of past and present stories, education activities, and other science resources.
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