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Lesson Plan: The Formation of the Solar System Science

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how the solar system formed from a large cloud of gas and dust.

Objectives

Students will be able to

  • recall that in the accretion model of planet formation, the solar system was originally a large cloud of gas and dust,
  • recall that in the accretion model of planet formation, the cloud of gas and dust contracts due to gravity and forms a rotating disk,
  • recall that the Sun forms in the center of the disk,
  • recall that planets form from the outer disk,
  • recall that there are other theories of planetary formation.

Prerequisites

Students should already be familiar with

  • the present-day structure of the solar system,
  • what stars, planets, moons, and asteroids are,
  • the present-day structure of the galaxy,
  • the force of gravity,
  • the age of the universe.

Exclusions

Students will not cover

  • the details of models other than the accretion model of planet formation,
  • planet ejection,
  • binary systems,
  • accretion disks around other stellar objects,
  • globular clusters,
  • star-forming regions,
  • the formation of the galaxy.

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