Investigating Meteorites: Bridging Earth Science to Space Science part of Earth and Space Science:Summer 2011:Activities
This activity is designed for a middle school classroom of primarily gifted students, but can be modified and/or used as a subset of a differential learning activity (see teaching notes for more information). This activity is designed to have students apply previous knowledge about Earth Science to investigate iron-nickel meteorites. Students should have previous knowledge of crystal size/cooling rate correlation in Earth rocks and previous knowledge of Earth's composition. Students will investigate meteorites (real or photographed with scale) using a series of guided questions. They will practice using observation and inference skills as well as data collection skills.