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Q&A: Comets is a series of questions and answers about comets written for teachers and students. The questions are ones that students might ask while studying comets. Teachers can use this Q&A to gain additional knowledge about comets, or use it in the classroom as outlined below.
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Grades: Adaptable, at teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Q&A: Comets as:

An engagement activity. Use selected questions to start a discussion.

An inquiry tool. Use selected questions and answers to help students generate questions. Propose a question, such as "What is a comet?" (see question 1 in Q&A: Comets). Have students read the answer to the question and write down 3–5 questions they would like answered as a result of reading the material.

A source of information. Students can use the questions and answers as part of their research on comets.

A form of review. Use the questions as a review at the end of a unit on comets.

A follow-up. Have students read the questions and answers to gain additional information about comets following a related activity.

A starting point for a debate. "Was Shoemaker-Levy 9 a comet or an asteroid?" This idea is addressed in the question "What did the impact sites tell us about Shoemaker-Levy 9?" (see question 17 in Q&A: Comets).

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