Overview: Comet ISON

Overview
of Star Witness news story:
Icy Visitor Makes First Appearance to Inner Solar System
Description:
Star Witness news story: Icy Visitor Makes First Appearance to Inner Solar System highlights Comet ISON's travels through our region of the solar system. The story includes information describing when the comet will be visible in the sky as well as a description of how a comet changes as it travels closer to the Sun.
Format(s) available: Printer-friendly web page; also, downloadable PDF including story and images
Grades: 5-8, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher’s discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Star Witness news story: Icy Visitor Makes First Appearance to Inner Solar System as:

A content reading selection. Teachers should discuss the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary prior to having students read this selection.

An engagement activity. You can have students read the selection and then explain what they know about how comets change.

An inquiry tool. You can propose a question to students, such as, "Have you ever seen a comet in the night sky?" Students can then read the selection and record new questions for further research or investigation.

A source of information for class discussion. You can have students read the selection and participate in a class discussion by using the selection's associated "Discussion Questions."

Related materials

HubbleSite press release: "Comet ISON Brings Holiday Fireworks"

HubbleSite: ISON Blog

Amazing Space resources by topic: Comets and asteroids



Overview: Comet ISON