Planet Catalog Instructions:
Planet Catalog Instructions (Click link to safely download the Word document)
Planet Catalog Template:
Planet Catalog Template (Click link to safely download the Word document)
Students will research specified factual information on planets and dwarf planets of the solar system. They will use data tables, charts and various resources to describe the relative locations and physical features of the solar system’s planets and dwarf planets.
ES 10. Compare and contrast properties and conditions of objects in the solar system (i.e., sun, planets, and moons) to those on Earth (i.e., gravitational force, distance from the sun, speed, movement, temperature, and atmospheric conditions.
Use the following resources for each part of your planet catalog:
Dwarf Planets: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Dwarf
Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs): http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=KBOs
Surface Gravity: http://paddymellon.net/pages/grant/Surface_Gravity.htm
Derivation of Planet Names: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0875452.html
Number of Known Satellites (moons):
What does the new solar system look like?
Here is the before (black circles with nine planets) and after (add red ellipses to show the dwarf planets) views of the solar system:
images from: http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/dwarfplanets/
Earthrise Thinkquest: excellent resource on the sun, planets, moons, and dwarf planets. Organized charts with mass, diameter, orbital information, and important statistics.
Our Solar System Thinkquest: an ok resource for planetary information, but includes important atmospheric data. Suva Intermediate School in Bell Gardens, California
Dwarf Planets: provides a definition and discovery information regarding dwarf planets.