|Lesson: Armageddon: Fact or Fantasy?
Discuss the "reality" of the dangers of asteroids like in the movie
Begin to learn about "objects that fall to earth from the sky"
Show a clip from Armegeddon (or some reference to the movie) that focuses
on the main theme of the movie: mainly, that a major asteroid is on a collision
course with the earth and there is a need to do something about it. How real
is the threat? If so, what evidence is there?
For more on the movie see http://us.imdb.com/Title?0120591
Questions to explore and research
- What kinds of objects have entered or hit our earth from space before?
- What are meteorites and have they struck the earth before? Show example:
August 31st, 1991 event in Noblesville, Indiana where Brodie and Brian, two
13 year olds had a close encounter with a meteorite strike. (See page 1.1
Lesson 1 - Noblesville Fall - "Exploring Meteorite Mysteries" available at
as a PDF file. )
- What evidence is there of objects hurtling from space that have caused
any significant damage?
Have your class make a list of 10 reasons why we earthlings should worry
about "rocks falling from the sky". Use the schools library to find books
or use the Web for your research. Please send results to your project
coordinator, Ihor Charischak at firstname.lastname@example.org He
will post your lists on the web.
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