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Comet Mystery Boxes DLESE Reviewed Collection
This tactile experience aims to enhance or assess the students? knowledge of the characteristics of comets. After engaging in some opportunities to gather background knowledge about comets through readings and online interactives, students will reach into a series of boxes with their hands (without looking) and feel different types of materials. Then students will describe what characteristic of a comet this material infers and explain their reasoning. Written for grades K-8, this activity can be relevant and engaging for students at the introductory level or more advanced levels. The link is to the educator guide; the entire product (including student worksheets and other resources) is available at:
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • Informal
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Curriculum
    • Lesson plan
    • Presentation / Demo
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
No copyright restrictions. The entire product is available through
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-635
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Sandra Weeks

Author: Aimee Meyer