Exploring Meteorite Mysteries is a comprehensive resource for educators of children ages 10-18 that includes an abundance of facts, information, and activities. There are 19 lesson plans, each presented on three levels, that address such questions as “Where do meteorites come from?”, “How did they form?”, and “What effect do they have?”
Educator Features from NASA offers information, a starchart, and streaming audio of the Perseid meteor shower as well as additional links covering this annual phenomenon that is suitable for ages 10 and older.
The 2002 Leonid Meteor Shower, Horseflies and Meteors, and The Perseid Meteor Shower
These selections taken from NASA’s Thursdays Classroom Archives offer a myriad of fun activities and articles for older and younger children, and complete lesson plans, activities, and worksheets for educators.
Meteoroids, Meteors, and Meteorites is clear and concise, offering relevant explanations of these interstellar bodies for children ages 12–15. Interesting facts are also provided on sidebars, along with links to several other sites.
NASAkids presents over 30 articles on meteors and meteor-related topics (in the search bar, type in “meteors”). Readers ages 8 and older will find this site both instructive and enjoyable, with several articles offering an audio component, links, and fun facts.
The Leonid Shower site extends a wealth of information on the Leonid meteors for adult viewers and includes animations, illustrations, photographs, and background facts on meteors and meteor showers, in general.
Meteors, Meteorites and Impacts offers a broad-based, comprehensive collection of meteor-related data including photographs of the meteorite types, meteorite statistics, consequences of impacts, a list with facts about impact sites, and an extensive list of related sites. A very informative site for ages 14 and older.
New England Meteoritical Services provides a detailed description of meteorite types, for ages 12 and older, enhanced by large, clear photographs of each. Also provided are a classification chart and a list of recommended reading.
Learn about the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) at this site for ages 12 and older that chronicles what it is like to search for meteorites in Antarctica, and why Antarctica is such an important location for finding them. Lots of photos and a FAQ section are included as well.
American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Meteorites
Web site visitors ages 10 and older will discover pertinent information about meteorites with an easy-to-understand discussion of what meteorites tell us about the origin of our solar system.
How Do We Know That It's a Rock From the Moon? Viewers will find the answers to this question along with a wealth of reader-friendly information on lunar meteorites for ages 10 and older. Also presented is an interesting photo gallery of rocks that were (incorrectly) suspected of being meteorites, with explanations of why they are not.
Sky and Telescope keeps visitors ages 10 and older up-to-date on the latest predictions for meteor viewing, as well as providing substantial background information and viewing tips.
The American Meteor Society’s website offers introductory information for young adults and older, along with images and tracking tools for meteor buffs.
January 9, 2007