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Teaching Resources

Asteroids and Meteorites

STEM Discipline


National Middle School Science Standards 

Earth SciencePhysical Science  

Key Terms:

geology, meteorites, asteroids, minerals, space missions, orbit, solar system history 

Key Concepts:

  • Evidence from meteorites about Earth's formation 
  • Characteristics of meteorites, meteors, asteroids 
  • Mineral origins of the universe 
  • Importance of space missions for astronomy 
  • Technology used by meteoriticists

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

The most studied meteorite in the world, the Allende, contains evidence of our early solar system. Photo by Chip Clark, Smithsonian.The most studied meteorite in the world, the Allende, contains evidence of our early solar system. Photo by Chip Clark, Smithsonian.
Webcasts (video) and Podcasts (audio) Shows
Printable Lessons
Online Activities
Science Literacy Resources
Posters and Worksheets 

What's That Space Rock? National Aeronautics and Space Administration



The Asteroids and Meteorites teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

Earth Science


Earth's Place in the Universe
  • MS-ESS1-2Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
  • MS-ESS1-3Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
  • MS-ESS1-4Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6-billion-year-old history.
Physical Science


Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • MS-PS2-1Apply Newton's Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
  • MS-PS2-2Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object's motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
  • MS-PS2-4Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.
All Q?rius Resources for These Standards
Geologist Dr. Tim McCoy in a red T-shirt holding a Mars meteorite in his left hand. The backdrop is of a brown desert.
Timothy McCoy
Geologist and Curator-in-Charge, Meteorite Collection
Geologist Cari Corrigan holding a few specimens.
Catherine Corrigan
Geologist and Curator of Antarctic Meteorites
Tags: meteorite

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