Ch 1: Space Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Ensure that your students learn the basic facts about space by using the lesson plans found in this online course. These lesson plans contain discussion ideas and activities on key space-related topics.

Space Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Teaching your students about space will be much easier if you use the comprehensive lesson plans we have included in this chapter. Each of these lesson plans will help you educate your students about the basic space-related topics they will need to know. Included in this course are lesson plans on:

  • Definition and facts about planets
  • Overview of the solar system
  • Orbits and visibility of our solar system's planets
  • Phases of the moon

In addition to these lesson plans, the chapter also offers you video lessons that will go over each of these topics in an interactive online format.

How It Helps

  • Key vocabulary: Defines the major vocabulary terms that your students should understand in order to understand space-related topics.
  • Activities and games: Provides ideas for classroom activities and games designed to allow your students to learn about these topics while having fun.
  • Project ideas: Offers ideas for projects on space that will further your students' education on these topics.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning space lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific space topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related space lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important scientific concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant space-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

38 Lessons in Chapter 1: Space Lesson Plans
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Comet Lesson Plan

1. Comet Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to comets. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss key vocabulary terms, and create a flipbook of a comet orbiting the Sun.

Comets: Origin & Properties

2. Comets: Origin & Properties

This lesson will define and discuss comets, a coma, dust tail, gas tail, sublimation, the composition of comets and their origins in the Oort cloud and Kuiper belt.

Light Year Lesson Plan

3. Light Year Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the concept of the light year. Students will read a text lesson, discuss astronomical distance, calculate distances, and create a poster of an astronomical object.

Light Year: Definition & Overview

4. Light Year: Definition & Overview

In this lesson, you will learn about the concept of a light year and that it is not a measure of time but of distance. Discover how to calculate a light year and explore uses of the light year in astronomical measurements.

Big Bang Theory Lesson Plan for High School

5. Big Bang Theory Lesson Plan for High School

What is the Big Bang Theory and why is it important to understand? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline the theory and an activity that incorporates creativity to measure understanding.

Big Bang Theory of the Universe: Definition & Overview

6. Big Bang Theory of the Universe: Definition & Overview

In this lesson, you'll learn about the most current theory on how the universe began, the Big Bang Theory. You'll learn about the theories about the origin of the universe that came before the theory as well as the events, discoveries, and scientists involved in the formulation of it.

Big Bang Theory Lesson Plan for Elementary School

7. Big Bang Theory Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to help you introduce students to the Big Bang Theory. Students will read or listen to a text lesson, discuss the theory, and participate in a hands-on activity. A quiz is also included.

Big Bang Theory Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Timeline

8. Big Bang Theory Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Timeline

How did the universe begin? In this lesson, learn about the Big Bang Theory and all of the cosmic events leading up to the universe as we know it today.

Earth's Revolution Lesson Plan

9. Earth's Revolution Lesson Plan

Educate your students about the revolution of the earth with this lesson plan. Students will view a video lesson and engage in discussion. They will then participate in two hands-on activities to reinforce concepts.

Revolution of the Earth: Speed & Effects

10. Revolution of the Earth: Speed & Effects

Why do seasons change? What causes leap years? This lesson answers those questions through an investigation into Earth's revolution. Illustrations, a lesson summary, and brief quiz are also included.

Galaxy Lesson Plan for Elementary School

11. Galaxy Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about galaxies with the help of this lesson plan. With it, students will learn about the different kinds of galaxies with a text lesson before they are challenged to create and name their own. Finish off with a quiz to check student understanding.

Galaxies Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

12. Galaxies Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Galaxies are enormous systems in outer space, including our own called the Milky Way. In this lesson, learn the definition of a galaxy, find out about the three different types of galaxies, and discover more about the Milky Way.

Galaxies Activities & Games

13. Galaxies Activities & Games

What exactly is a galaxy? Your students might have an idea of what a galaxy is, but using the following activities and games will help them fine-tune their knowledge of outer space.

Milky Way Activities & Games

14. Milky Way Activities & Games

If you're teaching your students about space, understanding their place in a vast universe is important. Use these activities and games to help students learn about the Milky Way.

Light Year Activities

15. Light Year Activities

Tossed around in popular culture, the term light year can be confusing for students. Help them accurately grasp this measurement with the activity ideas contained in this lesson.

Asteroid Lesson Plan

16. Asteroid Lesson Plan

Students tend to find asteroids interesting to study. Your students will enjoy reading and discussing a text lesson, creating an asteroid exhibit and taking a quiz all while learning about asteroids.

Asteroid Impact Lesson Plan

17. Asteroid Impact Lesson Plan

Educate your students about asteroid impacts with this lesson plan. They will review a text lesson, take a related quiz to follow up, and participate in four fun activities.

Asteroid Impacts: Definition, History & Consequences

18. Asteroid Impacts: Definition, History & Consequences

Humans have never witnessed a serious asteroid impact, but we've got an idea of how devastating it could be. In this lesson, we'll explore evidence of past impacts and see what they did to the planet.

Asteroid Impacts: Risks & Possibilities

19. Asteroid Impacts: Risks & Possibilities

The risk of a major asteroid collision with the Earth is small, but NASA is monitoring near-earth asteroids using the Torino Scale and the Palermo Scale to make sure any risk is known years in advance.

Asteroid Impact Theory & Dinosaur Extinction

20. Asteroid Impact Theory & Dinosaur Extinction

The asteroid impact theory is the explanation most scientists accept for the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. Learn about the asteroid that struck earth about 66 million years ago, the crater that it left behind, and the evidence for the collision.

Asteroid Belt Lesson Plan

21. Asteroid Belt Lesson Plan

Through the use of scale models, this lesson helps students explore information about the asteroid belt, including its location and composition, and fallacies about asteroids portrayed in media.

Asteroid Lesson Plan for Elementary School

22. Asteroid Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Asteroids are one of the interesting objects that we find in our Solar System. Your students will have a fun learning experience as they read and discuss a lesson, create their own asteroid and take a quiz.

Halley's Comet Lesson Plan

23. Halley's Comet Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students understand Halley's Comet as they make their own comet. Further, students will be able to accurately describe Halley's Comet using content-specific vocabulary.

Halley's Comet: Facts, Orbit & Return

24. Halley's Comet: Facts, Orbit & Return

In 1682, 26 year-old English scientist Edmond Halley observed a comet passing by the earth. In this lesson, we'll discuss what Halley learned about that comet that led to it being named after him and becoming the most popular comet in astronomy.

Comet's Nine Lives Lesson Plan

25. Comet's Nine Lives Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students understand and use figurative language, such as idioms, and organize their writing using cause and effect relationships while reading 'Comet's Nine Lives' by Jan Brett.

Meteor Lesson Plan

26. Meteor Lesson Plan

Meteors are an interesting phenomena, especially when they make it to Earth. Your students will learn about meteors as they read and discuss a text lesson, research and present historical meteorites, and take a quiz.

Galaxy Lesson Plan

27. Galaxy Lesson Plan

After implementing this lesson plan on galaxies, your students will be able to understand and explain domain-specific vocabulary related to astronomy, as well as display information about different types of galaxies in a chart.

Milky Way Lesson Plan

28. Milky Way Lesson Plan

For many, hearing the words ~'~'Milky Way~'~' will make them think of a candy bar. But the real Milky Way is a beautiful formation of stars and light visible in the night sky. In this lesson, we will look closely at our real Milky Way as we examine the different components of our galaxy.

Black Hole Lesson Plan

29. Black Hole Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students learn about black holes. Students will read a text lesson, watch a video lesson, participate in group activities, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.

Black Hole Activities & Games

30. Black Hole Activities & Games

Your students have likely heard of black holes without knowing much about them. Use the activities and games in this lesson to help your students explore these mysteries of outer space.

Big Bang Theory Evidence Lesson Plan

31. Big Bang Theory Evidence Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is designed to help you teach your students about the evidence that scientists have found to support the Big Bang Theory. Students will conduct experiments that demonstrate the red shift.

Origins of the Universe Lesson Plan

32. Origins of the Universe Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces high school students to the history of our universe. Students watch and discuss two video lessons and then explore the topic through a hands-on group activity.

The Universe Activities for High School

33. The Universe Activities for High School

Exploring the mysteries of the universe allows students to consider infinite possibilities regarding space, time, and their own existance. As you study space with your students, consider using these activities to help them explore the universe.

Galaxy Lesson Plan for Middle School

34. Galaxy Lesson Plan for Middle School

This lesson plan allows you to engage students as they learn about galaxies. Students will read a text lesson, summarize sections of the lesson, and take part in a fun galaxy drawing activity.

The Universe Activities for Middle School

35. The Universe Activities for Middle School

There is very little as vast and expansive as teaching students about the universe itself, and it is a curricular module that must be approached with care. This lesson offers activities for teaching middle school students about the universe.

Astronomy Research Project Ideas

36. Astronomy Research Project Ideas

The celestial bodies and outer space are vast and wondrous. These three projects will help your students understand our solar system, as well as blackholes and two famous telescopes.

Solar Eclipse Project Ideas

37. Solar Eclipse Project Ideas

A solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that requires being in the right place at the right time to experience it. These projects allow students to simulate a solar eclipse to develop a deeper understanding.

Milky Way Project Ideas

38. Milky Way Project Ideas

The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy that contains the planet Earth and our solar system. These three fun projects will provide a hands-on method in teaching your middle school students about this fascinating part of the universe.

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