Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the fourth of four Science Objects in the Solar System SciPack. It explores the hypothesis that the solar system coalesced out of a giant cloud of gas and debris left in the wake of exploding stars about five billion years ago. Everything in and on the earth, including living organisms, is made of the material from this cloud. As Earth and the other planets formed, the heavier elements fell to their centers. On planets closer to the Sun (the inner planets), the lightest elements and their compounds were mostly blown or boiled away by radiation from the newly formed sun. However, on the outer planets, the lighter substances still surround them as deep atmospheres of gas or as frozen solid layers.
Ideas For Use
Science Objects are two hour learning experiences teachers can use to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept. Teachers can access any topic “on demand” from the Internet. Topics are based on the science literacy goals in the national standards (NSES, Science for All Americans, Benchmarks, and the Atlas of Scientific Literacy) and tied to state standards.
Each Science Object provides an understanding of the science content by providing a structured set of learning experiences through simulations and practice assessments. Science Objects challenge teachers to explore and explain real world phenomena and are founded on the principle that learners must be challenged with a problem, observation, data, etc., in order to develop scientific understanding. Science Objects utilize the five phases of inquiry-based learning: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.
Solar System: Formation of Our Solar System
- Provide the basic story line of how the solar system may have formed from the debris of exploding stars.
- Relate the different characteristics and features of the planets to their different distances from the sun.
- Explain some of the methods scientists have used to learn about the formation and evolution of the solar system.
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Solar system origin
|Intended User Role:||Elementary-Level Educator, High-School Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Achievement, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge
|Resource Format:||application/msword, application/pdf, application/x-shockwave-flash, audio/mp3, image/gif, text/html, video/quicktime
|Installation Remarks:||Run the Science Objects System Check to ensure that your system is capable of viewing the simulations: http://ecommerce2.nsta.org/system_check/
|Requirements:||Requires Macromedia Flash Player and Apple Quicktime Player
State Standards Correlation
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