This page from CERES (Center for Educational Resources Project) features a module for middle school on the topic of orbital motion. It was developed by a team of teachers, NASA researchers, and university faculty and integrates unifying themes in physical science with astronomy concepts. In this module, you'll find: full standards-based lesson plan, background information on Kepler's Laws and planetary motion, a hands-on activity for modeling conic sections, an online orbit simulator, and assessment suggestions.
Editor's Note This resource was designed help kids make the connection between the orbital period and the mean distance from the object being orbited. The Conic Sections modeling activity introduces the concept of eccentricity in a way that adolescents can understand.
NASA CERES Project. CERES Lesson Plans: Studying Planetary Orbital Paths. Bozeman: NASA CERES Project, July 16, 2010. http://btc.montana.edu/ceres/html/58Orbits/58orbits.html (accessed 6 December 2013).
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