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Ch 17: The Solar System's Smaller Objects & Satellites Lesson Plans

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The Solar System's Smaller Objects and Satellites chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach lesson on smaller objects, such as asteroids and dwarf planets, in our solar system. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Solar System's Smaller Objects and Satellites chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Satellite formation
Moons of the Jovian planets
Tidal forces and heat transfer on Jovian satellites
Theories of how the Jovian satellites were formed;
Similarities and differences of the moons of the Jovian planets;
Role of tidal forces in heat transfer on the Jovian planet satellites and how this makes them more amenable to supporting life
Tuesday Asteroids, meteorites, comets and meteoroidsDefinitions and characteristics;
Origins and orbits of meteoroids, meteor shows, sporadic meteors
WednesdayShooting stars
Meteorite classifications and characteristics
How a shooting star occurs;
Iron, stone and stony-iron meteorites, subtypes of meteorites
ThursdayAsteroids
Comets
Origins and properties of asteroids, NEOs, Apollo objects, the asteroid belt, Trojan asteroids, centaurs;
Origins and properties of comets, dust tails, coma, gas tails, Oort cloud, the Kuiper belt
FridayTrans-Neptunian objects
Dwarf planets
TNOs, KBOs and Plutinos;
Pluto, Eris, Haumea and Ceres

11 Lessons in Chapter 17: The Solar System's Smaller Objects & Satellites Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Moons of the Jovian Planets

1. Moons of the Jovian Planets

This lesson will introduce you to four well-known Jovian satellites called Titan, Triton, Miranda, and Ganymede. You'll be able to appreciate how vastly different just four of the hundreds of moons in our solar system are.

Satellite Formation in Our Solar System

2. Satellite Formation in Our Solar System

This lesson will describe regular, irregular, collision fragments, captured asteroids, and other types of satellites orbiting around the planets of the solar system.

Tidal Forces & Heat Transfer on Jovian Satellites

3. Tidal Forces & Heat Transfer on Jovian Satellites

In this lesson, you'll learn about one of the ways by which Jovian satellites may stay warm through tidal heating, orbital resonance, convection, and conduction.

Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

4. Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

This lesson will cover the definitions and characteristics of asteroids, comets and meteorites. It will also explore what impact they have had on Earth and the impact they might have in the future.

Meteoroids: Origin & Orbits

5. Meteoroids: Origin & Orbits

This lesson will describe the origins of meteoroids, what comets have to do with their orbits, and the parent bodies of the meteorites we find on Earth.

The Formation of Shooting Stars

6. The Formation of Shooting Stars

This lesson will explain to you the differences between a meteor, meteoroid, and meteorite as well as how falling stars form and what the different kinds of meteorites are.

Meteorite Classifications & Characteristics

7. Meteorite Classifications & Characteristics

This lesson will go over the major types of meteorites and their major subclasses. Important terms and concepts we'll cover include the iron meteorites, stony-iron meteorites, stony meteorites, and carbonaceous chondrites.

Asteroids: Origin & Properties

8. Asteroids: Origin & Properties

This lesson will go over the history, origin, and orbit of asteroids. You'll also learn which asteroids are the most common type and what NEOs, Apollo objects, and many other objects are.

Comets: Origin & Properties

9. 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.

What Are Trans-Neptunian Objects?

10. What Are Trans-Neptunian Objects?

This lesson will discuss trans-Neptunian objects, the Kuiper belt, Kuiper belt objects, dwarf planets, and plutinos, as well as where they are found in our solar system.

Dwarf Planets of the Solar System: Pluto, Eris, Haumea & Ceres

11. Dwarf Planets of the Solar System: Pluto, Eris, Haumea & Ceres

Discover why Pluto had to leave the league of planets and was downgraded to a dwarf planet. Learn the definitions for planet and dwarf planet. Find out about the currently classified dwarf planets in our solar system: Pluto, Eris, Ceres, Haumea and Makemake.

Chapter Practice Exam
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