Comets > Overview: Asteroid Ida facts

Overview
of "Fast Facts: Asteroid Ida"
Description:
Fast Facts: Asteroid Ida lists in a table the asteroid's age, location, average distance from the Sun, diameter, mass, orbital period around the Sun, number of moons, and distinguishing features. A picture of the asteroid is included.
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Grades: Adaptable, at teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Fast Facts: Asteroid Ida can be used alone to:

Find information about the asteroid Ida .

Fast Facts: Asteroid Ida can be used in conjunction with other solar system themed tables to:

Recognize and order large numbers. Students arrange the Sun, planets, and asteroids from smallest to largest mass and/or diameter.

Compare features of asteroids. Have students match the asteroids to statements that describe a unique feature of each asteroid, such as: "This asteroid is the most geologically diverse" or "This asteroid is a near-earth asteroid." Either the teacher or the student can generate the statements using information from the Fast Facts.

Compare asteroids to comets. Have students construct a graphic organizer comparing the features of the asteroids with those of comets.

Compare major and minor planets. Have students construct a graphic organizer comparing the features of the asteroids with those of the major planets.

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See the Solar system section on "Teaching tools" page.



Comets > Overview: Asteroid Ida facts