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Science Language You Should Know and Use

Objective 1 - Solar SystemObjective 1:  Describe and compare the components of the solar system.
a. Identify the planets in the solar system by name and relative location from the sun.
b. Using references, compare the physical properties of the planets (e.g., size, solid or gaseous).
c. Use models and graphs that accurately depict scale to compare the size and distance between objects in the solar system.
d. Describe the characteristics of comets, asteroids, and meteors.
e. Research and report on the use of manmade satellites orbiting Earth and various planets.

Convert metric units (meters, kilometers, degrees centigrade/celsisus, etc.) to English units

Convert degrees Kelvin to degrees Fahrenheit 

e-Sky: The Electronic Sky

Are You Really Going to Measure With That? (SciBer Text) For Kids - The Solar System

Astronomy Workshop Tools

Build a Solar System

Exploring the Planets

Future, Current, and Past JPL Solar System Missions

History of Space Exploration

Interactive Solar System

Mission Mastermind

NASA Images

NASA – JPL Solar System Simulator

NASA – Our Solar System

The Nine8 Planets for Kids

Our Solar System

Photojournal:  NASA Image Access Home Page

Planetary Names and Discoverers

The Planets of the Solar System (SciBer Text)

Planetary Missions, Data and Information - Observing Celestial Objects

Solar System Applet

Solar System Exploration Home Page

StarChild:  The Solar System

The Trip of a Lifetime! (SciBer Text)

Views of the Solar System

Welcome to the Planets

What is a Satellite? (SciBer Text)

What More Can There Be? (SciBer Text)

Year of the Solar System

Objective 2Objective 2:  Describe the use of technology to observe objects in the solar system and relate this to science’s understanding of the solar system.
a. Describe the use of instruments to observe and explore the moon and planets.
b. Describe the role of computers in understanding the solar system (e.g., collecting and interpreting data from observations, predicting motion of objects, operating space probes).
c. Relate science’s understanding of the solar system to the technology used to investigate it.
d. Find and report on ways technology has been and is being used to investigate the solar system.

e-Sky: The Electronic Sky

Deep Space Network


Instruments for Exploration (SciBer Text)

Seeing the Solar System

Telescopes From the Ground Up

What Are Telescopes?

Objective 3Objective 3:  Describe the forces that keep objects in orbit in the solar system.
a. Describe the forces holding Earth in orbit around the sun, and the moon in orbit around Earth.
b. Relate a celestial object’s mass to its gravitational force on other objects.
c. Identify the role gravity plays in the structure of the solar system.

e-Sky: The Electronic Sky

Am I Gaining Weight? (SciBer Text)

Cool Science Facts - Gravity


Gravity and Planets

Gravity Launch

Gravity Rules:  The Nature of Planethood

How Does Gravity Work?

Keep on Movin' (SciBer Text)

Keeping in Shape (SciBer Text)

Newton, an Apple, and You

Planet Impact

Simulation – Many Moons

Solar System, Gravity, Mass, and Weight

Working With Orbits

Your Weight on Other Worlds