Meteor explodes over central Russia, 500 people hurt – Yahoo! News.
Well, it appears another asteroid story is big news. So, we need to be giving our children a refresher on asteroids (or teaching them what they are, if they do not already know). We used Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy book with lots of Montessori Solar System Works from Montessori Etc and from Montessori for Everyone.
Let’s start with what an asteroid is… it’s a space rock orbiting the sun. Many were formerly short-term comets that had ice on them. But as they flew past the sun, the ice melted and the core was left, a rock, an asteroid. Lots of folks get asteroids and meteoroids confused. The primary difference is size. Asteroids are larger than meteoroids (usually larger than a football field). What are asteroids made of? Per Apologia Astronomy, they are made material like iron, rock and carbon. When asteroids enter our atmosphere, they begin to burn up (just like a meteoroid and comet). And when it hits earth it is called a meteorite. There are millions out in space!
Here are several great sites to help children understand what asteroids are:
My children just learn a topic better if there is some hands-on aspect of the assignment. Here are two great asteroid activities for children and one is edible 🙂 :
I hope this has helped you get some ideas as to how to teach your children about asteroids! Leave a comment and link to your activities so we can see how they turned out!!!
Until next time…
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