Astronomy, Meteorites and the Earth

Grade Level: Grades 5 through 8
Language Arts Content Standard: 1.2

Description: While most objects in our Solar System are in regular and predictable motion, not all are. The Earth, Moon and the planets all behave in predictable ways. This program emphasizes solar system objects, meteorites and comets that are not always predictable and may collide with the earth. Students will examine rocks from Mars and the Moon, and touch meteorites, including a 1,635-pound meteorite from Red River, Texas.

Photo/Image (left): Our “blue marble” Earth and its moon. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey global digital elevation model and NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, data from NOAA GOES (lunar image).