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Making a Comet in the Classroom DLESE Reviewed Collection
In this activity, students construct a "comet" from ingredients similar to those found in actual comets. They will learn about the behavior of a real comet by observing their model as the dry ice sublimates, and understand the concept of scale as they compare the size of their model to the size of a real comet. A list of materials and instructions are provided. This activity can be performed as a demonstration by the teacher, or older students can conduct it themselves.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Presentation / Demo
Subject:
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1985 by Dennis Schatz
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-405
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Objects in the sky
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the universe
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dennis Schatz
National Optical Astronomy Observatory