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Having students learn about pluto is fine, but I suggest that you NOT have them debate about whether it's a planet.  I say this for a few reasons: (1) It reinforces the misconception that pluto's status is controversial in the scientific community.  It's not; there are not two sides to this to b...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:51 PM

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Hi Farah! I think that bringing up the topic about pluto no longer be considered a planet would be a very good topic to discuss with students. Allow them the opportunity to discuss and tell them about both sides of the topic and allow them to think critically about it. You can have students parti...

by Chariss Solomon > Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:30 AM

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Well Science is always advancing. New things are being discovered and advancing as the days go by. I think it would be great to show students just that. So they can also know that science is always advancing. I would also tell students what characteristics makes a planet. I would also include what s...

by Anais Colina > Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:05 AM

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I'd say that understanding what pluto is not (i.e., not a planet)...is not nearly as important as understanding what it is ... and the fact that that we now know of over a thousand similar objects beyond the orbit of Neptune. Matt

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:11 PM

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I learned that pluto was a planet as well. Since the students now are learning that it is not maybe you should introduce it but make sure that they understand that it is no longer a planet.

by Isabel Uribe > Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:49 PM

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Perhaps more important is to explain the evidence for why pluto is no longer considered a planet. What did we learn -- about pluto and other objects beyond Neptune -- that led to this reclassification?

by Matt Bobrowsky > Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:59 AM

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I would definitely explain to my students that pluto was once a planet. This would create a good discussion about how scientist discover new evidence all the time. You could also show them other examples of how science is always progressing.

by Malissa Corneh > Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:38 AM

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Rigor and Relevance Framework for Chem?
I am familiar if I recall correctly. Quad A is low rigor and low relevance or "acquisition." Quad D is high rigor/high relevance and is a significant jump from the other quads. One thing I like to keep in mind is a unit planner I saw in a NSTA book on formative assessment that had student lear...

by Juleen Whall > Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:38 AM

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Planets
I definitely agree with the rephrasing suggestion and believe that new scientific discoveries such as those that led to pluto's current classification, serve as great examples for explaining to children how science is always advancing, rather than changing.

by Annie Orbeta > Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:51 AM

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3rd Grade Science Lesson--Help!
This is a lesson I do with my kiddos in third grade! All you need is toilet paper with squares and pieces of paper or any good representation of the planets. And, of course, a big hall where you can work! I have my kids line up against the wall and give one planet to each student who seems to be ...

by Kathryn Bennett > Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:27 AM

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Planets
I agree, the one thing that we want students to understand is that science is always changing. When I was growing up I learned that pluto a planet, mostly from The Magical School Bus, but that its classification has changed.

by Tocha Moreno > Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:50 PM

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I think that showing pluto has lost it's status is a great way to show that science is ever changing. I would bring up the topic by explaining just that. I would also explain what gives planets their status and what factors led to it losing its status. I do agree with pluto's status, because I think...

by Dinaz Lokhandwalla > Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:42 PM

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Throughout school, I have been taught that pluto was a planet, but several years ago this claim was no longer valid. How would you bring up this controversial topic in your class? Do you agree or disagree with pluto's status?

by Farah Aziz > Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:12 AM

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I did a combined math and science lesson using scaling and the planets and the math that we came up with was if the sun was 50mm across, then pluto would be over 400m away. There is a few websites that give the correct scaling options if you do a quick search. It was pretty amusing because plan...

by Jeff Torrance > Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:07 PM

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Dear Earth, thanks for visiting! Love, pluto
On July 14, 2015 automatic interplanetary probe New Horizons at about 14 kilometers per second comes near to pluto to the smallest distance at 12.5 thousand kilometers. After 14 minutes the machine NASA has flown in 28.8 thousand kilometers from Charon - the largest satellite of the dwarf planet. ...

by Freya Bell > Wed May 25, 2016 6:29 AM

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When a student mentions pluto?
I think it is a good opportunity to use pluto's change from a planet to a dwarf planet as a way to teach the students about how the information we have in science is always changing. We can show them how science is not always right because it changes based on the data and evidence that we gather in ...

by Adrienne Ceballos > Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:58 AM

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When a student mentions pluto?

by Wendy Nativi > Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:40 PM

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When a student mentions pluto?
I certainly don't think you should focus much time on it. You can verbally explain to your students how back in your day when you were their age pluto was considered a planet but since science is always evolving then it is no longer considered much more than a dwarf planet because it is significantl...

by Jorge Armenta > Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:13 PM

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When a student mentions pluto?
I recommend that you first explain students that science is not absolute and that it can change when new information is acquired. I also recommend that you first talk about the criteria for planets, stars, etc. Once student learn about the criteria, you can explain or set up a discovery lesson wh...

by Maria Isabel Carrillo > Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:52 PM

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When a student mentions pluto?
I am still going to school to be a teacher, but I was interested in this. I thought that pluto was being petitioned to become a planet again. I know the school district near me only gives 15 minutes per day for Science and Social Studies, for the K-5 grades. Is it even worth bringing up when you don...

by Victoria Pomeroy > Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:16 AM

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NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to pluto Reaches Historic Encounter
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by Gentry Simoisa > Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:18 AM

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When a student mentions pluto?
Pull up a video up of Neil DeGrasse Tyson (who had a hand in demoting pluto from its planetary status) explaining his reasoning.

by Nicholas Morrow > Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:39 PM

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When a student mentions pluto?
A long time ago, Ceres was considered a planet. It was the planet between Mars and Jupiter. After we discovered that it was simply part of the asteroid belt, and many other huge asteroids were discovered in it, it simply got demoted to dwarf planet. Same thing happened to pluto. pluto is part of the...

by Jonathan Marin > Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:43 AM

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When a student mentions pluto?
pluto is actually a dwarf planet! So I'd completely acknowledge their reasoning and tell them that it is a planet but its a special type of planet. We don't consider it one of the main planets because there are other dwarf planets. Here's an article that explains a little more!  http://time.com/...

by Monica Pelayo > Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:45 AM

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When a student mentions pluto?
I recently just came across a very similar situation. However, the student said that he was told that pluto no longer existed. I'm not sure where he heard it from, but I really liked the suggestions you guys offered. I will make sure to take that into consideration if I am every asked that question ...

by Brianna Gage > Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:44 PM

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When a student mentions pluto?
I loved how you mentioned this topic because a lot of students will ask about pluto. Sometimes students don't have the correct information to know why pluto isn't considered a Planet. I feel its important as science educators that we stress the importance that science content is always changing do t...

by Emily Torres > Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:23 AM

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When a student mentions pluto?
I would first address how science is not absolute and that things can change with new research. I'd be sure to discuss that at one point, pluto was a planet. I would then tie in the new knowledge about the criteria of a planet and discuss how pluto does not satisfy the criteria. 

by Antonia Adams > Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:09 AM

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When a student mentions pluto?
If I am teaching a lesson on space and one of my students mentions that pluto is one of the planets. How do I go about in explaining that it is no longer considered a planet?

by Edgar MONDRAGON > Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:37 AM

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NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to pluto Reaches Historic Encounter
I thought the pluto photographs were amazing. It's incredible what we can see from something that was put into space so long ago. I can't wait to see what else New Horizons takes photos of. 

by nicole bush > Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:07 AM

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Teaching Space Science- Soalr system
I've really enjoyed reading all of the great ideas in this thread! I like that pluto is still included in most of the mentioned lessons, but that there's always an emphasis on the fact that it is now classified as a dwarf planet. I think the postcard idea is a wonderful one, as are the OP's song a...

by Brittany Vogel > Sun Oct 04, 2015 12:20 PM

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What Children's Books Do You Use in Science Istruction?
I love that someone has posted this! I am in a 5th grade class placement for my internship and found that the children seem to get board from just reading nothing but research type articles. I fear that the kids would get board of the content, or feel discouraged because most of the articles are too...

by Heather Brown > Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:41 PM

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Elementary Science
pluto
Does anyone have any interactive lessons involving pluto?

by Abby Hill > Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:27 PM

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Early Childhood
NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to pluto Reaches Historic Encounter
Hi Arlene, I love the New Horizons website that you posted. Below. are three articles that I plan to use with my students when we get back to school in August. New York Times Interactive http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/07/15/science/space/....html?_r=0 I always find the New Y...

by Ruth Hutson > Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:34 PM

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NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to pluto Reaches Historic Encounter
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at pluto. "After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface — roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India — making it the first-ever space mission to ex...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:47 PM

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Direct From pluto: The First Encounter
FYI... With less than nine days to go in its nine-year journey to pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on the verge of delivering the first up-close images of the mysterious dwarf planet. And when those historic images arrive on Earth, they are set to star in a new hour-long special, "Dire...

by Cris Dewolf > Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:32 PM

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What Children's Books Do You Use in Science Istruction?
For one of my classes I had to find books or articles that can be used to teach different lessons some of the books I found were: pluto Visits Earth!- By: Steve Metzger Meet the Planets- By: John Mc Granaghan Planets around the sun- By: Seymour Simon The Teeny Weeny Tadpole-By: Sheridan Cain ...

by Mireya Alvarado > Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:23 AM

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New Horizons Only One Year from pluto
NASA Science News for July 14, 2014 NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is only a year away from pluto. Researchers are buzzing with anticipation as NASA prepares to encounter a new world for the first time in decades. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/14jul_plu...

by Betty Paulsell > Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:54 PM

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Science goals for future Venus missions
Much has been in the public eye in recent years about Mars exploration. New Horizons will be reaching pluto soon, MESSENGER is still exploring Mercury, and Cassini remains in Saturn space. Our twin (at least in terms of size!) in the solar system, Venus, has not had much attention directed on unders...

by Cris Dewolf > Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:38 PM

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At pluto, New Horizons Going for Planetary Science Gold
At pluto, New Horizons Going for Planetary Science Gold While all eyes are on Sochi, NASA's New Horizons mission team is preparing for its own Olympian challenge: the first encounter with pluto. Hear how these dedicated scientists and engineers are going for planetary science gold – and feel the en...

by Betty Paulsell > Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:37 PM

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Middle School Teacher Participants Sought
Second Option for Teacher Participation CALL FOR PARTICIPATION!! Lawrence Hall of Science Research Study 2014-2015 Dear Middle School Science Teachers, The Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley and Boston College would like to invite you to participate in a curriculum research study du...

by Patricia Rourke > Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:21 PM

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Lawrence Hall of Science seeks Teachers
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION!! Lawrence Hall of Science Research Study 2014-2015 Dear Middle School Science Teachers, The Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley and Boston College would like to invite you to participate in a curriculum research study during the 2014-2015 school year. We are intere...

by Patricia Rourke > Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:20 PM

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GEMS seeks Teachers to Pilot and Evaluate
Second Option for Participation with Lawrence Hall of Science CALL FOR PARTICIPATION!! Lawrence Hall of Science Research Study 2014-2015 Dear Middle School Science Teachers, The Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley and Boston College would like to invite you to participate in a curricul...

by Patricia Rourke > Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:19 PM

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Are We There Yet?
Eight years after it left Earth, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is approaching pluto. The encounter begins less than a year from now. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/14jan_pluto/ VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUB7dRgClSQ

by Betty Paulsell > Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:22 AM

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Ipads and other technology
Hilary, I am in favor of 1 to 1 technologies, but I am also very skeptical of their implementations across the country without systematic and strategic planning. Often what is a feel-good headline or a ploy to bring voters to one party or another does not bring the leadership and funding commitme...

by Richard Varner > Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:41 PM

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Videos For Instruction
Explore a series of human stories around the naturally-occurring elements. Part of the 94 Elements project. 94 Elements is a new web-based global filmmaking project, exploring our lives through the lens of the elements. Become part of the project now at www.indiegogo.com/94elements There a...

by Pamela Auburn > Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:42 PM

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pluto's Moons
I agree that this is definitely a good way to get students involved in learning about the solar system and to encourage them to be creative in coming up with names for the moons. I also found an article on space.com that has a little bit of information about the moons of pluto. The article is geared...

by Karyn Moran > Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:03 PM

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Planning For Summer 2013
Science vs Engineering – what are the differences? On a NASA space science mission both are essential. Join us for "The Challenge of Discovery" on Saturday, April 6, to find out! This engaging, dynamic workshop is for formal and informal educators in grades 4-12. It's the third in a series, us...

by Pamela Auburn > Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:30 AM

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pluto's Moons
I think this is a great extension activity when studying the solar system. Any conversation or lesson involving the solar system will naturally include a discussion about pluto. Before a discussion commences on the moons of pluto, it will be interesting to talk about its "reclassification." ...

by Rebecca Hodge > Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:21 PM

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pluto's Moons
The Hubble Space Telescope was used to discover pluto's 4th and 5th moons in 2011 and 2012. They are currently called R4 and R5. There is a vote being conducted at the SETI Institute's website where you can help select the names for these 2 tiny satellites. It could be a fun activity for your st...

by Cris Dewolf > Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:47 PM

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The Hubble Space Telescope was used to discover pluto's 4th and 5th moons in 2011 and 2012. They are currently called R4 and R5. There is a vote being conducted at the SETI Institute's website where you can help select the names for these 2 tiny satellites. It could be a fun activity for your st...

by Cris Dewolf > Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:44 PM

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Planets
Hi there. I understand your confusion. I just found out today that 9 planets became 11 planets and then increased to 13 planets. You've probably already seen the Science Object: "Solar System: A Look at the Planets." It's a great view of the individual planets and data about each one, but it doe...

by Jonelle Renti Cruz > Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:57 PM

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Planets
Hello everyone, we just finished our science unit on planets. We had to adapt the materials regarding pluto. We also included a discussion of pluto changing its status as a planet. My students actually enjoyed calling it a dwarf planet. However, when we built our solar system we included pluto wit...

by Natalie Hepting > Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:37 AM

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Planets
Hi Julie- The debate is a great idea. Also, pluto has quite a few satellites - 5 so far. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/new-pluto-moon.html Who knows what the New Horizons mission will find both on the remainder of its flight out to pluto, and beyond. http://www.nasa.gov/...

by Cris Dewolf > Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:44 PM

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Planets
Like a lot of other people have said, turn the fact the some say pluto is a planet and some say it is not. Have the kids debate about what they think and have them weigh the evidence given. They are more likely to remember something they were able to give their input. Side note: I believe Pl...

by Julie Tonnsen > Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:38 PM

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Planets
Mike Brown is one of the astronomers who played an active role in the demotion of pluto. Here is a link to his book on Amazon - How I Killed pluto and Why it Had it Coming: http://www.amazon.com/How-Killed-pluto-Why-Coming/dp/0385531109 It's a good read. This decision was made by the Internati...

by Cris Dewolf > Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:14 PM

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Planets
When covering planets in 6th grade last year, I found it was a hot topic among my students- so I had my students complete a debate on the topic. They were given time to research their sides, prepare arguments and rebuttals, and prepare for the debate. It went smoothly in the classroom and I plan to ...

by Jennifer Webber > Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:18 PM

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Planets
Hi Victoria, I took a graduate course at Penn State recently that used the following text and I felt is was really a good read. http://www.amazon.com/pluto-Planet-Historical-Journey-throug...+weintraub Book Description Publication Date: November 24, 2008 A Note from the Author: On Au...

by James Johnson > Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:51 PM

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Chemistry Element Puns
Outstanding! Just remember that 2/3 of every pun is Pu (plutonium) :)

by James Johnson > Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:45 PM

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Planets
pluto was my favorite planet growing up. I sometime see older textbook at different schools I observe at, and they still have it as a planet in the books. Of course the students are quick to tell you it is not a planet anymore though.

by Janelle Buttera > Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:54 PM

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Planets
You might enjoy reading Niel DeGrasse Tyson's Book on the pluto debate entitled the pluto Files. http://www.amazon.com/The-pluto-Files-Americas-Favorite/dp/B005GNLX3Y There is also a NOva program on this http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/pluto-files.html Understand the arguments that le...

by Pamela Auburn > Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:14 PM

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Planets
The latest is pluto is no longer a planet and I catch myself teaching it as a planet. At that time, I remember and I tell my students it is no longer a planet, but a dwarf planet. I can see where there will be discussions on going about it's classification and pluto's status may change. The books in...

by Patricia Reid > Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:39 PM

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SciGuide Lesson: Why Do we Have Seaons?
I also like the Scipacks along with the entire website, such a wealth of information. One aspect I like are the little animations and java applets they have throughout the Scipacks. They were really a great help when I taught space science and could show the students on a projector they could see ...

by Michael Leslie > Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:43 PM

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Planets
The last I heard, pluto was dethroned as a planet. This would mean those fun little mnemonic devices used to remember the order of the planets will have to be adjusted. Below is a link an article National Geographic put out back in 2006. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/08/060824-pl...

by Denise Karratti > Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:57 PM

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Planets
Some schools haven't updated their textbooks probably due to lack of funds but I think it should be taught with the most current information. I got a lot of help from the sci-packs and sci-guides from the topics of space science. It would be cool if students got textbooks in a reader so things cou...

by Michael Leslie > Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:46 PM

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Planets
Victoria, If you search the learning center there is an article called Science 101: why is pluto no longer a plant, that explains what happened to pluto. I was also very confuse with all the information about pluto no longer being a plant. Every time I would ask someone if pluto was a plant or n...

by Angela Alcantara > Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:33 PM

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Planets
Hi Victoria, What a great question! I know I've also heard some rumblings that the discovery of an additional satellite orbiting pluto may bring it back into it's former status as a planet. Here's some information on pluto, and it's dwarf planet status, that I found on the IAU pluto page . Th...

by Maureen Stover > Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:16 PM

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Planets
Here is some background information about how pluto was designated a 'dwarf planet' Science 101: Why is pluto no longer a planet? On August 24, 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) decided that pluto was no longer a planet, but rather a "dwarf planet". Our understanding of the so...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:14 PM

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Planets
The New Horizons mission to pluto and the discovery of more than one moon around pluto helps the discussion to continue in the world of astronomy whether pluto is a planet or not. The astronomers have debated back and forth since the discovery of pluto and will probably go on for many more years. ...

by Betty Paulsell > Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:59 AM

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Planets
I am a student teacher and we were recently going over the planets. The resources we were instructed to use were 2012 documents. In the documents it stated that pluto was the ninth planet from the sun. I thought pluto was changed to a "dwarf planet". Has anyone else found this in science books that ...

by Victoria Chanda > Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:33 PM

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Figuring Out How Big Space Is
Dear Juliet and Katarina-- Thank you for your enthusiastic response, Juliet. I'm glad those numbers work for you. They still amaze me. The toilet roll demonstration sounds very good again. I didn't know the number of squares on a roll. Is that standard? My husband has a copy of The Star...

by Veronica Winegarner > Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:44 AM

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Movies in Science
94 Elements is a new web-based global filmmaking project, exploring our lives through the lens of the elements. Become part of the project now at indiegogo.com/94elements There are 94 naturally occurring elements, from Hydrogen to plutonium. Together they make up everything in the world. The stor...

by Pamela Auburn > Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:27 AM

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Walking Past the Planets
Hi If you do not have the time to build something with that scale you might want to consider showing students this 4 minute You Tube " THERE IS A LOT OF SPACE IN SPACE " Bill Nye The Science Guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97Ob0xR0Ut8 "Bill Nye The Science Guy rides his ...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:53 AM

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So many Terms, create Acronyms!
Hi Chris, Then you can still use the older version: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas :-) Are you resistant to the change in status of pluto based on the new way to determine what constitutes a planet?

by Carolyn Mohr > Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:01 PM

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So many Terms, create Acronyms!
King Henry Died By Drinking Chocolate Milk is the metric system one all of my kids know.... Carolyn what about pluto! I still call it a planet!

by Chris Leverington > Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:32 PM

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Teaching Space Science- Soalr system
Such great ideas! Thank you everyone for sharing! I made a PowerPoint that I've used with students from 1st to 6th grade. We convert the distances between the planets to a walk-able length. My bigger guys actually do the math. All students use a couple of meter sticks and walk out the distanc...

by Linda Smith > Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:05 AM

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The Solar System
I definitely think that we should teach about pluto as a dwarf planet. It is important to teach students that pluto was considered a planet at one time, but is no longer classified as such. It demonstrates how science is never set in stone, but constantly changing and evolving due to new technolog...

by Alayna Maldonado > Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:04 PM

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The Solar System
After having a discussion on what makes a planet a planet I would introduce pluto as being previously a part of the solar system. Then I would address that it is currently considered a dwarf planet based on the fact it “does not have enough gravity to attract all of the space dust and tiny objects i...

by Jacqueline Nuha > Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:56 AM

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Teaching Space Science- Soalr system
A song is a great way for kids to learn! Thanks for that song. Also, since pluto isn't a planet anymore there's a new verse : My Very Entertaining Mother Just Served Us Noodles. But of course, I will always learn and teach it with My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us the Nine Planets.

by Susan Lee > Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:13 AM

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Creating an alien from pluto
Perhaps you could have him dress in something that would reflect pluto's orbit around the sun and distance from the sun

by Janice Novello > Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:28 PM

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Critical Thinking with Creation Myths
I agree with your mentor and Gary that you have to be really careful with doing this. Maybe you could approach it with the idea that scientists look at all kinds of evidence when they are exploring a concept. You could explore many creation myths as you suggested, but be very careful with your wor...

by Betty Paulsell > Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:57 AM

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Creating an alien from pluto
This certainly looks like an interesting and challenging assignment. For more ideas about pluto itself you might want to take a look at this NASA website which has lots of information about pluto. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/science/whatWeKnow.php Good luck.

by Betty Paulsell > Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:28 AM

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Creating an alien from pluto
Hi! So part of one of my classes requires us to create a 3D representation of an alien from an assigned planet. Mine is pluto. So using a starbucks coffee cup, I painted it black (for it to absorb light for warmth) and will add a a flashlight cord similar to this guy: http://desmond.imageshack.us/H...

by Susan Rush > Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:09 PM

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Solar System Exploration and Elementary-Level Robotics
Michael: Thank you for your post. I absolutely agree that too often space science is just left at introducing the planets when there is so much more out there. When I taught students about rocks earlier this year, we sent one rock we were curious about to a university in Arizona; "Rock Around the ...

by Alayna Maldonado > Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:56 PM

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Teaching Space Science- Soalr system
One of the hardest things is for students to really apply the distance in space. I have a planet walk that we do, where the students make and hold up the representative planet on scale with where they are from the Sun (by relative distance). The first time was several years ago and the biggest chall...

by Andrea Medrano > Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:23 AM

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Teaching Space Science- Soalr system
I recently wrote a review for the article Scope on the Skies: And then there were eight" and they have a standby mnemonic " My Very Entertaining Mother Just Served Us Noodles" so students can learn the planets without pluto. This I found entertaining, because this recent change is still strange for ...

by Susan Lee > Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:46 PM

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Books for Planet studies
Hi Susan, I have used those same books that Kimberly had written and Postcards From pluto by Loreen Leedy. They are great because of the language is kid friendly and the pictures are great. Also, a suggestion is teaching a solar system song to help the students remember the planets http://www.cante...

by Helen Hicks > Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:00 PM

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Books for Planet studies
Hi! I am working on a tutoring program for two 6 year olds. I've been asked to focus on reading so I would like to work on a planet study. Aside from "Poor pluto" does anyone have any recommendations on younger elementary age books that focus on the planets?

by Susan Rush > Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:13 PM

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Teaching Space Science- Soalr system
A fun lesson we complete is a model of the solar system using adding machine tape. Every student starts with a 2.5 meter strip of tape and we pick one end to be the sun (14 cm) and then we mark on a scaled version the distances of the planets, asteroid belt, dwarf planets and comets beyond pluto. ...

by Stacy Holland > Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:17 PM

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Teaching Space Science- Soalr system
Thank you everyone for all your great resources. I going to start teaching the solar system at the end of this month to my fifth grade students and it's really hard to decide where to start with all the information and different ways to go about teaching the solar system. The most simple to me is to...

by Helen Hicks > Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:26 PM

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Teaching Space Science- Soalr system
Thanks Kelly for bringing up this post, and for everyone who shared resources. There are many great ideas, materials, and resources posted in the replies. I am excited about the Space unit, and this thread has helped me find some great activities for my planning. Ricki-- can you post or email me...

by Cheska Lorena > Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:40 PM

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Gravity and Weightlessness
Alexander: I had an experience at the Ben Franklin Museum of Science so many years ago that I can't tell you. However, I use that experience by retelling it to students and activing it out with current students. At the museum there was (and probably still is) a room full of scales and each scale...

by Adah Stock > Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:52 PM

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Planetary Lesson
Hi Ashley, Once you have 'boned' up on the planets, you might want to check out the Discussion thread " The Solar System ". A lot of great resources have been shared there about the planets, including ideas for how to teach about pluto. Also, if you do an advanced search of lesson plans about the...

by Carolyn Mohr > Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:08 PM

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So many Terms, create Acronyms!
That's a good one Renee! I still remember from elementary school for the order of the planets....and this was almost 30 years ago...blah My = Mercury Very = Venus Educated = Earth Mother = Mars Just = Jupiter Served = Saturn Us = Uranus Nine = Neptune Pies or Pizzas = pluto (this wa...

by Robin Fujioka > Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:12 PM

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The Solar System
I agree with Eunice- The Invent an Alien project was a great way to learn about what comprises our solar system. As mentioned, each student was assigned a planet, moon, astroid, etc. and had to make a 3-d model representing their assignment's features. I had Saturn and created a giant alien that was...

by Lauren Clark > Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:06 PM

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Science Songs
Thanks for the great anount of ideas for songs. I will look at some of the sites mentioned and also google it. I am so glad I checked this discussion board. I forgot about using songs as a part of the students learning and it will be fun for me too! I do have a record, yes I did say a record, that h...

by Patricia Reid > Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:21 AM

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Earth and Sky
While I do not have lessons I can suggest internet resources. You might try Google Earth because there is a sky feature that takes you into the night sky and shows the constellations and the zodiac and if you enter a date, where the planets are in the sky in relation to the constellations (and the s...

by Tina Harris > Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:26 PM

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Misconceptions in the Elementary Classroom
"How do you as a classroom teacher handle student misconceptions so correct science is understood?" This is a great question that I, myself, have been thinking about. I am a student-teacher this year and am trying to learn how to interact with children. My mentor-teacher loves to have students pa...

by Kimberly Grossman > Sat Oct 01, 2011 9:28 PM

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The Solar System
I use to watch Sailor Moon and after I read the comment about Sailor Moon and how their characters match some qualities of their planet I looked it up and thought how great of an idea that was for a show. Just something I learned as I was reading these posts. At UMBC we are working on a 3-d alien...

by Eunice Kim > Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:27 AM

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Teaching Space Science- Soalr system
I have done astronomy workshops with a couple of folks from the CAPER team (University of Wyoming). Attached is a very fun and interactive solsr system ballet - could really be modified for grades 1-8. Also found a "worlds in comparison" activity involving playdough or modeling clay. Students fir...

by Megan Dehning > Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:31 PM

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Teaching Space Science- Soalr system
Thank you for the resources! I definitely will be using the songs, videos, and books. I will also include an attention grabber video from They Might Be giants, "How Many Planets," http://vimeo.com/5377648 . My students love this music group. The video is on the fluff side of science and included...

by Judy Okazaki > Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:57 AM

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