Across the Universe - a Virtual Field Trip Through Our Solar System

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Across the Universe

A Virtual Field Trip Through Our Solar System…

And Beyond

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INTRODUCTION

We are about to embark on an extended and exciting journey that will take us from our home planet Earth, through our solar system, and finally to some of the most unusual and exotic places in the universe. In most cases, the places we will be visiting will be hundreds of billions or even trillions (that’s 1 with 12 zeroes after it or 1012 power) of miles away…and we are going to all these places without ever leaving class or home.

I will be your tour guide Across the Universe, so let me fill you in on a few of the things you’ll need before we get started. First, you will need a journal or notebook (it can be any size as long as it is big enough for you to write in and for me to read) and something to write with (any color pen or pencil) at all times on the field trip. These will enable you to jot down any notes, information you need, or questions you have about the places you’re visiting. Next, you will need a calculator-it does not need to be fancy or expensive. One from the Dollar Tree will work just fine for our purposes. Finally, you need to have access to a computer connected to the Internet. If you do not have access to one at home, you may use the ones in the classroom.

Now that you have everything you need, here are some things you need to know. While you are on the field trip, you will be directed to complete certain tasks, such as journal writing, answering questions, or working problems. These will be written in boxes so that you can easily recognize them. Since this is the first virtual field trip that I’ve guided and maybe the first one that you’ve taken, we will be learning together, so be sure to ask questions if there is something that is confusing or difficult. You will see and hear some amazing things-and hopefully learn some amazing things as a bonus.

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GET READY FOR TAKE OFF!!!

WEEK 1: Our Solar System-An Overview

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Your first stop will be a virtual tour of the Solar System. To begin your tour, click on the link below. (There is no narration to the video tour-only music…and don’t worry about the unusual titles at the beginning of the video. It’s written in Russian.)

http://www.dnatube.com/video/2278/Solar-System-Mystery-of-Planets

Now, you will go to www.nineplanets.org and click on Solar System Overview under the heading Contents to find out more about the Solar System. Look for information about what makes up the Solar System, how planets and other bodies are classified, and how planets orbit the Sun.

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Now, answer the following questions or problems related to the Solar System in your journal.

WEEK 2: Earth and the Moon

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Your next stop is our home planet Earth and its moon-the Moon. At this stop, you will read about the Earth and Moon and answer questions before seeing the sights. To begin this part of your trip, go to www.nineplanets.org . Now, click on Earth under the heading, Contents.

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Now answer the following questions or problems relating to Earth in your journal.

Follow the link below to take a virtual tour of Earth before moving on to the Moon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwe9FUq61vY&feature=channel

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To learn about the Moon, return to www.nineplanets.org. Next, click on Moon, which is located under Earth, beneath the heading, Contents.

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Now, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ToK0yJCLXg to see the Moon like...
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