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Constellation Prizes: Leonid Meteors and Making Comets in the Science Classroom DLESE Reviewed Collection
In this lesson, students learn about meteors, meteorites, and comets by reading and discussing a related New York Times article about the Leonid meteor showers and the methods that scientists are using to learn from these meteors. Students then create and observe a comet in their classroom.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
Subject:
  • Cryology
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company Copyright Notice Teachers of grades 3 through 12, or parents of children of like age (collectively, "Educators"), may print and reproduce full in print format for students the crossword puzzle, daily news quiz, daily lesson plan, lesson plans from the lesson plan archive, the related lesson plan article and resources, as those materials are so labeled on The Learning Network (collectively, the "Content") for classroom and instructional use only and not for resale or redistribution.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-318
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of science
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the universe
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of scientific knowledge
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Alison Zimbalist
The New York Times Learning Network