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Classifying Objects in the Solar System

Kit #352S
Classifying Objects in the Solar System

Students learn to identify different kinds of objects found in space, with a focus on those observedi n our Solar System. Students use sets of Lab-Aids Object Description cards to compare characteristics of the objects, sort them into groups based on common features, and develop their own classification system. They then compare their own classification system with of the standard system used by astronomers. This classification process allows students to become familiar with the various objects found in space. Students apply their knowledge by analyzing the reasons for the reclassification of Pluto and deciding whether they think it should be classified as a planet or a dwarf planet.

Details at a Glance

  • 1-2 Days | 1-2 ~50 minute class periods
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates unlimited classes, each with 6 groups of 4 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • All materials are non-consumable
  • Developed in partnership with SEPUP

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Classifying Objects in the Solar System (Developed by SEPUP)

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Scientific Concepts

•The Sun, Earth and other planets, moons, and smaller objects make up the Solar System.
•Space objects are grouped into categories by such characteristics as size, composition, and motion in space.
•One way to gather data is through direct observations. Accurate and complete observations are important for making conclusions about the natural world. 

Guides & Student Sheets

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  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 1 Teacher’s Guide
  • 28 Student Worksheet and Guides
  • 6 Space Object Classification Cards, Set of 8 LAB-AIDS®
  • 6 Space Object Data Cards, Set of 24 LAB-AIDS®
  • 1 Transparency: Space Objects
  • Not included and needed for instruction: A piece of chart paper and a marker.

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