Getting hit by a meteorite—what are the odds?

Digital art of a fiery orange ball with a comet-like tail about to enter Earth's atmosphere.
Artist’s rendering of meteor approaching Earth (not to scale). (Image credit: narvikk/iStock)

Looking for ways to teach geology to your students? We’ve developed some lesson plans to assist!

This lesson plan uses meteorites as a way to learn about the scientific method.

Using a model to understand the scientific method

Using a beach ball globe, a piece of paper, and a calculator, students gather data on the likelihood of getting hit by a meteorite. This lesson plan helps students understand the scientific method by creating and using a model, formulating a hypothesis, collecting data, and testing predictions.

Download the Meteorites Lesson Plan (PDF)

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