Discovering the Solar System

Presented By:
Sabrina Petty, Brent Raby, Jim Harris, and Emily Sumner
Team Bibliography
Discovering the Solar System Presentation

Have you ever wondered how to make the solar system more meaningful for your students?

Use the topic to integrate other subjects into the curriculum. For example, there are many wonderful sites pertaining to literature with the solar system as the topic.


Outer Space
by Carol Weston

I look up from Earth and try to see 
The planets looking back at me. 
I gaze at bright and distant stars 
And search for Mercury, Venus, Mars. 

I squint at the Milky Way way up high 
And look for Jupiter in the sky. 
Where are Saturn, Uranus, Neptune? 
They're far away, high like the moon. 

A telescope would be the best 
For spotting Pluto and the rest. 
I look for planets in the sky. 


 
 

Suggested Sites:
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Name: Our Solar System
Location: http://trackstar.hprtec.org:80/main/display.php3?track_id=38869
Type: Web Resource
Description: The magnitude and complexity of our solar system is often difficult for students to understand. As they investigate and understand the forces of gravity and the consequences of the Earth's movement, they can better comprehend Earth's place in the solar system. The purpose of this unit is to help my sixth grade students explore the influences and characteristics of the sun, Earth and moon while examining the relationship between these three bodies and the larger solar system.
Evaluation: This site is designed for teachers.  It is a lesson plan that will help with a lesson on the solar system.

Name: The Planets
Location: http://trackstar.hprtec.org:80/main/display.php3?track_id=1842
Type: Web Resource
Description: A track used to teach basic information about the planets of our solar system. It is designed to add on to a regular unit on the solar system and be a fun type of activity for the students to get them to think about various aspects of the planets.  It presents the students with information about each planet and gives them a short activity to perform at each stop.
Evaluation: This is an excellent site for teachers and students.  Teachers can use this in classes to help kids learn the planets and better understand each of them.  Students can learn on this site because it is so user friendly and easy to understand.

Name: Barbaraís Lesson Plans
Location: http://www.bway.net/~starlite/science.htm
Type: Web Resource
Description: This lesson is very easy. It combines art and science, is easy to do, and helps a student check for humidity in the air. As with any science project students must be warned not to taste anything that is used in an experiment (this includes food). Explain that humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. Tell them when people talk about bad hair days; they are referring to the fact that certain types of hair frizzes when the humidity is very high.
Evaluation: This site is for teachers.  It gives a very good lesson plan for teachers to follow.  The teachers can have her students do this project as she demonstrates it.

Name: Visual model of the planet Earth
Location:  http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/sci/cecsci/cecsci133.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: The Learner will be able to identify the crust, mantle and core of the Earth and will be able to give an approximate ratio and proportion of usable land surface.
Evaluation: This site is directed for teacher to use in the classroom as a project.  Teachers can have their students work in groups and finish the project and learn about the earth and its structure.

Name: Solar System Adventure
Location: http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/advent/solar.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: For this activity, students learn about the solar system and our galaxy from World Wide Web sites and write a science fiction story based on what they discover.
Evaluation: This site is an excellent site for teachers.  Teachers can have their students look at sites on the World Wide Web and have them write summary of what they learned.  This site also has lots of story starters for the students who might have trouble starting there on stories. This site can be used to develop a higher order thinking for the students.

Name: Views of the Solar System
Location: http://www.solarviews.com/eng/homepage.htm
Type: Web Resource
Description: Views of the Solar System presents a vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. Discover the latest scientific information, or study the history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, and spacecraft through a vast archive of photographs, scientific facts, text, graphics and videos. Views of the Solar System offers enhanced exploration and educational enjoyment of the solar system and beyond.
Evaluation: This is an excellent site for teachers and students.  Teachers can have their students look at the different planets in the solar system.  Students can learn about each of the planets and the entire solar system from this site.

Name: Mission Commander
Location: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec670/Cardboard/Board/M/MCommander.html#Edu
Type: Web Resource/Educational Game
Description:  The object of Mission Commander is to complete a lunar mission without losing your ship (or the lives of your crew). Players maintain their missions, their equipment and their lives by accumulating and conserving energy along the journey. Players will be able to identify at least five different situations that can threaten or destroy a mission to the moon. Players will be able to identify at least one significant political figure responsible for the shaping and development of the U.S. Space Program. Players will be able to identify at least five major planets in our solar system.
Evaluation: This is an excellent site for students.  Students can play this game and learn all about the solar system in the process.  Teachers could also use this game to promote learning.  This would be an excellent Hand On for students.

Name: Lunar Prospector
Location: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec670/Cardboard/board/l/lunarprospector/lunar.html
Type: Web Resource/Educational Game
Description: The learners will be able to identify basic geological features of the lunar surface, as well as become familiar with the predominant minerals and elements found in different moon rocks. As a function of game play, learners will also employ basic math skills.
Evaluation: This is an excellent site for student and teachers.  Students can play this game and learn and explore the lunar surface for specified quantities of minerals and elements.  This would be an excellent Hands On for students.

Name: Classroom Tour of the Solar System
Location: http://www.ospi.wednet.edu:8001/curric/space/planets/sstour.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: The class will take a tour of the solar system with stops at planets, the Sun, and major moons. To prepare for the tour each group will gather information about a celestial object. The information will be compiled into a class spreadsheet.
Evaluation: This is an excellent site for teachers and students.  Teachers can do a group project and have their student put all of the answers together on a spreadsheet.

Name: The Earth Breaks Apart
Location: http://www.coe.ufl.edu/courses/edtech/vault/SS/geology/lssnplch16.html#Lssn2
Type: Web Resource
Description: Students will understand: Earthquakes occur when plates slide past each other, collide, or move apart. The elastic rebound theory explains how rocks spring back into their original shape after seismic forces have deformed them. Seismographs provide a method for determining an earthquake's strength.
Evaluation: This is a good site for teachers.  Teachers can look over the site and then have her class do each of the projects.

Name: Fossils and Migration Patterns
Location: http://www.accessexcellence.org/AE/AEPC/WWC/1995/fossilshominids.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: Students will be plotting the general distribution of major fossil hominid taxa on a small (8.5 x 11) black and white world map and/or plotting color coded push pins on a large world map at the front of the classroom on a large world map. This activity integrates skills learned in geography with science concepts relating to the origin of hominids and a likely migration route from that point of origin. Studentís discuss/debate hypotheses about the origin and movement of pre-human ancestors, and weigh the significance of the data to determine which hypothesis best explain the data. This is an especially good activity for clarifying the importance of inference based on the analysis of patterns in data, and the tentative nature of scientific inquiry.
Evaluation: This is an excellent site for teachers.  Teachers can have their students complete the project and learn in a fun way.  This site also comes with a list of questions for the students to answer when they are finished.

Name: Weather Underground
Location: http://www.wunderground.com/
Type: Web Resource
Description: This site allows the user to look at the temperature anywhere in the world.  This site shows the forecasts and everything that has to do with weather.
Evaluation: This is an excellent site because it shows how the weather around the world is doing.  A teacher could tell his/her students to look at this site and see how the weather changes around the world.
 

Name: Britannica Store
Location: http://www.libraryspot.com/encyclopedias.htm
Type: Web Resource/Reference sources
Description: On this site a user can go into many different places and find material relating to science
Evaluation: This is an excellent site the students and teachers could use and learn from.  I would recommend teachers allowing their students to use this site freely.

Name: Libraries Online
Location: http://www.libraryspot.com/librariesonline.htm
Type: Web Resource/Reference source
Description: This is a list of libraries that have lots of information on science and just about anything relating to science.
Evaluation: This site is excellent site for teachers and students.  Teachers can always refer their students to this site when they are having a problem with a question.

Name: Government Libraries
Location: http://www.libraryspot.com/governmentlibraries.htm
Type: Web Resource/Reference source
Description: This site has a list of a lot of government libraries that have lots of information about science and relating categories
Evaluation: This is an excellent site for teachers and students because the teachers can have the students look around on the government site and explain what they found out about the site.  Teachers can even learn from this site.

Name: Almanacs
Location: http://www.libraryspot.com/almanacs.htm
Type: Web Resource/Reference source
Description: This site has a list of many different almanacs that a user can choose from and learn and find a lot about science and other relating issues.
Evaluation: This is an excellent site for teachers and students.  Teachers can use this site to show their students all about science and relating topics.

Name: Ask and Expert
Location: http://www.libraryspot.com/askanexpert.htm
Type: Web Resource/Reference source
Description: This is a very good site.  On this site a user can ask expert any question and they will be answered relating to science or any other topic.
Evaluation: This is an excellent site and I would recommend it to teachers and students because even teachers get stumbled on some questions and it is always helpful to ask someone who knows the right answer.
 

Name: Sample Lesson-Day and Night
Location: http://faldo.atmos.uiuc.edu/CLA/LESSONS/546.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: Communicate astronomical reasons for day and night. Establish the concept of the earth spinning on its axis. Discover that the earth spins at a rate of once per day.
Evaluation: This is an excellent site for teachers and students.  Teachers can have their students look at this site and explain what they learned from it.   Student can look at this site and get a good understanding about the rotation of the earth.

Name: Solar System Unit
Location: http://www.oswego.edu/~shindler/jwunit.htm
Type: Web Resource
Description: The objectives of this project are to develop an interdisciplinary thematic unit plan on our solar system.  Our Solar System has many educational materials and displays many educational opportunities. The solar system is a very efficient way to incorporate all areas of study all while keeping the students interested and involved.  Our planets are very interesting and offer many questions that may lead children to forming their own opinion and using critical thinking.
Evaluation: This site is good for teachers and students.  Teachers can use this site to help students better understand or solar system. Students can use this site to help themselves better understand the solar system.

Name: Solar System Shuffle
Location: http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level1/activity/solar_system_shuffle.html
Type: Web Resource/Educational Game
Description: This is a game where it gives the user a statement about each planet and the user has to match the right card to the description.
Evaluation: This is an excellent Hand On because it helps students relate looks to the description of each planet.

Name: Teachers Net
Location: http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/1645.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: This is an educational poem that helps students learn about the solar system and all that it is made up of.
Evaluation: I think that this is an excellent site and that students could use it to learn all about the solar system and teachers could use it as a learning tool for students having a hard time learning the solar system.

Name: Making a Pop Rocket
Location: http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/rocket.htm
Type: Web Resource
Description: When the fizzy tablet is placed in water, many little bubbles of gas escape. The bubbles go up, instead of down, because they weigh less than water. When the bubbles get to the surface of the water, they break open. All that gas that has escaped from the bubbles pushes on the sides of the canister. Now when you blow up a balloon, the air makes the balloon stretch bigger and bigger. But the little film canister doesn't stretch and all this gas has to go somewhere.
Evaluation: This is an excellent Hands On project for students.  Teachers could let their students build their on rocket and it would help them better understand how real rockets take off and how real rockets are propelled.

Name: Mars Academy
Location: http://www.marsacademy.com/
Type: Web Resource
Description: The Academy of Exploration offers an extensive variety of online courses on all aspects relative to the design of a manned mission to Mars. You can freely register to take the online quizzes and make it all the way up to the top of Mars Experts Ranking, as well as graduate from the Academy.
Evaluation: This site would be very helpful on a lesson talking about the different planets because it talks about mars in great details.  This site would also be very good site for students to explore in the class to learn all about mars.

Name: Virtual Solar System
Location: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/solarsystem/splash.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: National Geographicís Virtual Solar System, your chance to discover the wonders of our solar system in a spectacular 3-D environment. Take a fly-by tour of the sun and each planet in its orbit; observe close-up views of the planets, extraterrestrial weather patterns, and more.
Evaluation: This site could be used for students, teachers, or adults.  It is fun and interesting.  You do have to down load the program on to your computer, so it may take a few minutes.

Name: Mrs. Vís Super Solar System Site
Location: http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/samsolarsymr.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: The purpose of this Web page is to give you a sampling of some of the aspects of solar system. Each of the activities asks you to make a personal commitment to what you like, believe, or feel. Really try to find things that you can connect with. Good luck and have fun!
Evaluation: This site is for students.  This page is for students to decide how they feel about topics and not what the teacher tells them to like or dislike.  This site teaches about the solar system and about personal feelings.  This is a great web site.

Name: The Nine Planets
Location: http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/nineplanets/nineplanets/nineplanets.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, and most provide references to additional related information.
Evaluation: This site has knowledge of our solar system as extensive.  It shows that some of the worlds have never been photographed up close.  The nine planets is an overview of what we know today.  We are still exploring.  It shows what is to become.  This site would be good for teachers and students.  The information is detailed so a teacher could find information for a lesson, but a student could also use it because it has wonderful pictures.

Name: Ask the Space Scientist
Location: http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/ask/askmag.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: This site has answered over 24,000 questions form students around the world since August 1995.  Visit this site to find answers to questions like: Did ancient peoples really predict solar eclipses?  In addition, how are satellites prevented from crashing into each other?
Evaluation: This site is designed for students.  Teachers could instruct theirs students to use this site is they were curious about science and asked many questions about science.

Name: Solar System Online
Location: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/sso/index.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: Solar System Online provides the educational community with new and exciting information from space sciences as well as provide relevant information from previous space science projects such as Online from Jupiter and Live from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Evaluation: This site is designed for students and teachers.  A student can ask a question and the teacher can instruct the student on how to find the answer on this site.  This site is an excellent choice for teachers.

Name: Discovery.com Peel the Planet
Location: http://www.discovery.com/exp/earthjourneys/peelplanet.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: Access the four major components of the planet, atmosphere, crust, mantle and core and take a virtual journey to the center of the Earth and back.
Evaluation: This site is an excellent site for teachers and their students.  The teachers could instruct their students to open the site and the students could look at the site and learn about the earthís structure and what it is made up of.

Name: Lesson Plans.com
Location: http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ScienceSSMars1IntroSolar56.htm
Type: Web Resource
Description: Students will be able to identify the major bodies of this solar system, as well as apply knowledge gained through previous experiences to the task of understanding the need for colonization of another planet.                                  Evaluation: This site is geared toward teachers teaching about the heavenly bodies of the solar system. This site is an excellent lesson plan page for teachers
Name: Hunt for Solar System
Location: http://pomo.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/huntsolarsymr3.html
Type: Web Resources
Description: This site is about cyberspace. Thereís a lot to learn in this information age. Using the Web allows you to discover tons more than you may ever known possible. This site has a list of questions about the topic of this page. Surf the Internet links on this page to find answers to the questions.
Evaluation: This site is designed for students. It asks them to answer questions and then decide on which planet they like best. It then asks why they like this planet. This site allows students to put in there opinion on a matter and that is important for student growth.

Name: The Planets and Our Solar System
Location: http://trackststar.hptec.org:80/main/display.php3?track_id=12194
Type: Web Resource
Description: This track gives teachers lesson plan ideas that integrate the use of the Internet, and the ability to gain knowledge about our solar system. Here, students have the opportunity to research about our solar system. The links will help students gain basic knowledge about the different planets in our solar system, and certain facts that accompany each planet.
Evaluation: This site is designed for teachers. This lesson plan idea even allows you to see live pictures of each planet in our Solar System. This lesson can be a group assignment or an individual assignment (depending on the teacher). A fun, interesting way to learn about the solar system that we are all a part of!

Name: Viewing of the Solar System
Location: http://trackstar.hprtec.org/main/display.php3?trackid=36851
Type: This site gives Earth Science students the ability to gain knowledge about our solar system. Students have the opportunity to research information about our solar system and integrate the use of the Internet as the primary information source. The links will help students gain basic knowledge about the different planets in our solar system. And relate those facts to Earth. They will have access to the most current images and planetary data available.
Evaluation: This site is designed for teachers. This lesson can be used with as individual assignment distributed by the teacher. A fun, interesting way to learn about the solar system that we are all a part of!

Name: Atmospheric Pressure
Location: http://atozteacherstuff.com/lessons/AtmosphericPressure.shtml
Type: Web Resource
Description: Students will work as a team or follow as the teacher conducts a demonstration of how air pressure affects the environment. Several of the activities are startling and will amaze the students.
Evaluation: This site is an excellent site for teachers. A teacher can click on this site and find an interesting way to give a lesson on air pressure affects on the environment.
 
Name: NASA
Location: http://www.nasa.gov/
Type: Web Resource
Description: This site allows you to explore all of the things NASA has accomplished, and teaches you about all of them
Evaluation: This is a good site for teachers and students to use if they are learning about things to do with space.  The students would be able to find all kinds of research on different things that deal with space

Name: Biographical Data
Location: http://www.jsc.naca.gov/Bios/htmlbios/glenn-j.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: This site has a bibliography on Capt. John Glenn.  If students needed to do a research paper on him they could use this site.
Evaluation: This site is a good site if the teacher wants the students to learn more about John Glenn.  The students could use this page for more than just a research paper.

Name: Biographical Data
Location: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/seddon.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: This site has a bibliography on Dr. Margaret Seddon.  If students needed to do a research paper on her they could use this site.
Evaluation: This is a good site for teachers.  The teacher can have the students look at this site and then write a paper on Margaret Seddon.  The students could use this page for more than just a research paper.

Name: Science Content Standards 5-8
Location: http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/html/6d.html
Type: Web Resource
Description: This site tells and explains about science standards.
Evaluation: This is an excellent site for teachers and students.  Teachers can better understand what they are expected to teach their students.  Students can look at this site and then understand their selves what is expected of them.

Name: Web Page of Astronauts
Location: http://208.183.128.8/resource/astronaut.html
Type: Team created resource
Description: This site is a web page created by our team.  It consists of different sites that children can use to learn about astronauts.
Evaluation: This is the best site of all the sites because we created it.  I would tell teachers to have their students use this site to learn all about astronauts.  Teachers can even use this site to learn things that they might not know.

Name: Carson-Newman College Library
Location: http://library.cn.edu/
Type: Web Resource/Reference source
Description: This web page has a variety of different subject matter including Science. This page will help teachers and students understand different answers to questions by finding the answers to their questions on this web site.
Evaluation: This page would be great for anyone. This web page could help students develop an appreciation for the diversity of our county because this page is in Jefferson City at our school.

 
Team Bibliography

Sabrina Petty- I enjoy all sports and spending time with my family and boyfriend. I am a sophomore in college and cannot wait to graduate and start my life as a teacher. I have two brothers and I am the youngest and only girl. I have a fish names Bubbles and that is the only pet I have time for. I cannot wait until Christmas breaks so that I will have some free time. This project took us a very long time so I hope you enjoy it.

Emily Sumner- I enjoy different types of sports and hobbies.  I am a sophomore in college and still have not decided on a major.  I am leaning towards a major in Biology.  I could use this major to do many things.  I have one brother and one sister.  I also have many animals.  I have a one-year-old Lab named Sydney that is at home in Ohio.  I cannot wait for Christmas break so I can be with my family.  I will not be coming back to Carson-Newman College, but I enjoyed my time here.  I hope you enjoy our project, because we worked very hard on it.

Jim Harris- I enjoy collecting antiques, art pottery, and local memorabilia. I am currently a junior majoring in Elementary Education and hope to teach in my home county. I am an only child but have a set of four brothers-in-law who treat me like a brother. I have been married for 3 ½ years to a wonderful lady named Margaret. Together, we enjoy spending time with each other and with Quincy, a rather portly and solemn Welsh Corgi, and Sophie, a mischievous and energetic Welsh Corgi. We make our home in Bulls Gap where I am currently serving a term as city councilman. I will graduate from Carson-Newman in the spring of 2002, so look for me in a classroom near you!

Brent Raby- I enjoy all sports and love to play all sports. I am a wrestler at Carson-Newman College. I am a sophomore in college and cannot wait to get out. I have two other brothers and a sister. My family is very close. My major is Physical education and to become a coach for football and wrestling. I hope you like our project because we worked very hard on it.

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