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‘Open Door, Explore’ Self-Programmed Wednesdays at The Manchester Museum Meteorites and the Solar System – KS4

(Booking Essential)

This activity enables your students to find out more about meteorite and uses their numeracy skills to explore the solar system distances involved. The mezzanine level above the Prehistoric and the Rocks and Minerals gallery contains an impressive selection of meteorites and a scale model of the solar system. In this space, students can use their numeracy skills, along with the specimens and the information provided to explore the solar system. Print out the attached resource and bring it with you to the museum to complete this 30 minute activity. This activity can be used in combination with the resources for the Rock and Minerals gallery. Below is a suggested plan to use this activity in the gallery: 1. Once in the mezzanine level with your students, line them up and allow them to observe the scale model of the solar system. Ask them some questions relating to about the names of the planets and how we know about it them? Allow 5 minutes for this. 2. Split them into two groups and hand out the worksheet attached. One half of the group starts on part 1, the other on part 2. Allow 8 minutes per section. 3. One they have finished their respective questions, swap over with them completing the other half of the worksheet. 4. If time allows, encourage students to share their answers and workings. The answers to part 2 Q1-5 are below: 1. 300,000 km/s 2. 149,600,000 km 3. 149,600,000/300,000 = 498.67 seconds /60 =8.31 minutes 4. 778,330,000 – 149,600,000 = 628,730,000 km 5. 5,913,520,000-149,600,000 = 5,763,920,000 km 6. 5,913,520,000 / 300,000 = 19,711.733 seconds = 328.5 minutes = 5.4 hours Equipment required: Worksheet attached Pencil Calculators Clipboards

Have you remembered to book your ‘Open Door, Explore’ Self Programmed activities with our Bookings Officer on 0161 275 2630? You can also request to use our lunch room for your group. Risk Assessments are available on the website. Also, please check for any suggested materials that you may need to bring with you on the day.

Meteorites and the Solar System Part 1 Look at the display case with the meteorites in, and answer the following questions: 1. Where do meteorites come from? 2. What happens when they hit earth?

3. When were meteorites formed? i.e. how old are they? 4. Name some chemical elements that are found in meteorites. Part 2 Observe the model of the solar system hanging from the ceiling, the distances from the sun on the wall of each of the planets and the information on the panel next to you. You will probably need a calculator to help you with these questions! 1. What is the speed of light? 2. How far is the sun from the earth? 3. How long does it take for light to travel from the sun to earth (in seconds and minutes)? 4. What is the distance (in Km’s) from the Earth to Jupiter? 5. What is the distance (in Km’s) from Pluto to earth? 6. How long does it take for light to travel from the sun to Pluto?

Mezzanine - Meteorites and the Solar System (Science)