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Get to know comets! Students examine the components of comets and how they orbit the sun. Illustrate a glistening diagram to label each part.
Ask students if they have you ever seen a shooting star in the sky? Where do they come from? Shooting stars are meteors, small grains of dust in the tail of a comet that enters Earth’s atmosphere. Once in our atmosphere they burn up, leaving a streak of light behind them as they fall. When Earth passes through the tail of a comet, many shooting stars can be seen in the sky at once. This event is called a meteor shower!
Comets are large balls of ice and frozen gases hurling through space, sort of like outer space snowballs! They orbit the sun in elliptical patterns and as they get closer to the sun they begin to melt, creating beautiful, bright tails behind them. Some comets melt completely as they age and continue to pass by the sun.
Comets also have an interesting core. At the center of a comet is the nucleus, made of frozen rock, metal and water. The cloud of gases surrounding the nucleus is called the coma.
Have students do research with a partner to find more interesting facts about comets. Are there any famous comets that can be seen from Earth? Students Share their findings with the class.
Students draw and label a detailed picture of a comet on black construction paper. Make a comet sparkle and shine with Crayola® Metallic Colored Pencils, Crayola® Metallic FX Crayons and Crayola® Glitter Crayons. Be creative! Mix and swirl different colors to create new colors and textures.
Embellish the drawing with outer space details like stars and planets!
People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
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