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Topic/Title: Other Members of the Solar System: Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids

Grade level: Grade 8

Time Allotment: 60 minutes

Learning competencies and Objectives:

Content Standards: The learner should demonstrate an understanding of characteristics of

comets, meteors, and asteroids.

At the end of the 60-minute period should be able to:

1. differentiate asteroids from other members of the solar system
2. report facts about an asteroid in the solar system
3. appreciate the importance of asteroids in the solar system

ELICIT ( 5 min) Access prior knowledge

To elicit prior knowledge, the teacher will show a short pictures of different types of rocks,
after that the teacher will ask the learners the following questions:

Key points:
● What are the different types of minerals?
● How are minerals classified?
● What are native elements? Give an example.
● What are carbonates? Give an example.
● What are silicates? Give an example

ENGAGE (5 min) “Get the students minds focused on the topic”

The teacher will introduce the show an exploratory video to the class explaining facts about
asteroids and can answers the following questions:
● What is an asteroid belt?
● What are asteroid made of?
● Why is there an asteroid belt?
● What are the different types of asteroids?
● How are asteroid classifications determined?
● What is the difference between an asteroid and a comet?

Video Material:

The teacher will also introduce the use of the Stellarium in the class to explore more about the
other members of the solar system.
EXPLORE: (15 min) “Provide students with a common experience”

Group the learners into a small groups consisting of 3 members each. Let the student use the
software Stellarium to explore the solar system. The group will now choose one member to
become the “Team Captain”. Each group also must find one asteroid in the asteroid belt to
explore and study, no asteroid should be studied by two groups or more, first come, first serve
basis rule will be applied. After finding the perfect asteroid, the group members will now start
their mission to studied and gather important facts of their chosen asteroids by using the
software Stellarium. Each group must accomplish the task by filling the necessary information
needed to make the profile of their chosen asteroid:
1. Name
2. Size (Diameter)
3. Shape
4. Mass
5. Location
6. Composition
7. Possible Origin
After getting all the information needed, each group will make an asteroid profile with
corresponding pictures. (InstaROID Activity)

EXPLAIN: (20 min) “Teach the Concept”

The teacher will now facilitate the discussion. After making their asteroid profile in the
previous activity, each member will choose one representative to report and share to class
their recent discovery. Each group must also answer the following guide questions:
1. How did asteroids form?
2. Are there any chance that your chosen asteroids might have a collision course with
3. If yes, how does it will affect Earth and to us people living on it?
4. Do asteroids ever do anything good in the Solar System? If yes, cite an example.
The teacher will also expound the discussion every after group discussion and will facilitate
open forum after all the groups’ presentation.

The teacher will now facilitate the discussion about asteroids. The different types of asteroids,
characteristics, composition, and how it differs from the other members of the solar system.
The teacher and the learners will still use the Stellarium for an interactive learning discussion.
Let the class participate in the discussion.

ELABORATE: (5 min) “Students apply the information learned in the explain”

The teacher will elaborate the lesson by bringing student’s mind into different fields where
concepts are applied in actual experiences. This is the time when teacher will integrate
interdisciplinary contextualization/indigenization.
Key Points:
1. Discuss any myths about asteroids.
2. Misconceptions about asteroids and other members of the solar systems.
3. Compare and contrast the understanding of asteroids today from the past civilizations.
4. Predict possible events in the future regarding about asteroids and other members of
the solar system.

EVALUATE: (7 min) “How will you know that the students have learned the concept”

The teacher will give a formative assessment to the learners by giving them a 10-item quiz
about the lesson. The goal is that 80% of the learners must get at least 5 correct items to pass
the formative assessment. If not, the teacher will identity which part of the lesson he/she must
review again with the learners.

Also, the learners will be evaluated in their activities by using a rubric prepared by the teacher
before the lesson proper. The teacher will also conducting a self and peer evaluations to have
self-assessment towards each learners.

EXTEND: (3 min) “Deepen conceptual understanding through use in new content”

With the same group in the activity in the explore part. The teacher will give a research activity
to the learners about expanding their asteroid profile by adding facts and recent discoveries
about their asteroids.
The teacher will also requires each group to make a 3D model of their asteroids with label of
its vital information as their group project as well. The teacher will give the learners a 2 weeks
period to finish it all.