Ellipses, Eccentricity, & Kepler’s Laws Unit



Throughout this low-prep astronomy unit, students study ellipses, eccentricity and Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion. Students are introduced to the following terms and concepts: Johannes Kepler, gravity, Kepler’s First, Second & Third Laws, ellipses, perihelion, aphelion, orbit, eccentricity, eccentricity formula, etc. Stimulating visuals are included to help clarify these often abstract concepts.

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The following resources are included in this unit:

  • Unit Pacing Guide
  • Ellipses Lesson Plan
  • Ellipses PowerPoint Presentation & Guided Notes
  • Eccentricity Practice Worksheet & Answer Key
  • Solar System Data and Ellipses Practice Packet & Answer Key
  • Ellipses Lab & Answer Key
  • Ellipses, Eccentricity, Kepler’s Laws Quiz & Answer Key


Grade Levels: 7th – 12th
Total Pages: 40+
Teaching Duration: 3 Days

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