Lesson Title: Make a Comet and Eat It!
In this activity, students develop a comet model that can be eaten and trade another "comet" on which to take measurement using four senses.
• Investigate the physical characteristics of comets.
• Compare their ideas about comets with the data that NASA comet missions have sent back to Earth.
• Develop a comet model.
Lesson Activities and Sequence
Comet on a Stick
In this activity, you are going to develop a comet model that you can eat. The students will trade "comets" and pretend to be an instrument on the Deep Impact spacecraft called a spectrometer. You will use four of your senses individually to decide what is in the ice cream.
Keywords: solar system, small bodies, coma, tail, nucleus, deep impact, scientific methods, solar wind, sun, orbits, Kuiper Belt, oort cloud, edible
National Science Education Standards, NSTA
Science as Inquiry
• Understanding of scientific concepts.
• An appreciation of "how we know" what we know in science.
• Properties of objects and materials.
Earth and Space Science
• Objects in the sky.
Science and Technology
• Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans.
ISTE NETS and Performance Indicators for Students, ISTE
Communication and Collaboration
• Interact, collaborate and publish with peers, experts or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
• Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.