Comet and Asteroid Assignment

You are going to make a smore like this!

How to get started:

  • You'll visit https://www.smore.com and set up a free account
  • Create a "new flyer" and take some time to play around with the interface so that you know how to work this website.
  • You'll find that you can add text, pictures, and youtube videos in any order you want.
  • You can either use existing fields, or add/delete fields to insert the content you want.
  • Because we're using the free version, design options are limited, but there are still a few choices

Comet Section

Start your comet section with a few bullet points. Each bullet point must be written as a complete sentence, but since they stand independently, they don't have to flow as a paragraph.



  • Describe what a comet is
  • Explain when, where, and how they formed
  • Compare and contrast the orbit of a comet to planetary orbits
  • Describe what comets generally look like when they are far away, and describe what comets look like when they are visible from the Earth.
  • Explain when and why comets have a tail
  • Include a picture of a comet, and describe it by indicating which comet it is and how the picture was taken (when you insert a text box, you can click the arrows to bring in picture frames)

Comet Video

Include a factual youtube video of length less than 4 minutes about comets. Above the video, write a short paragraph that sets it up. Discuss the topic of the video and indicate who is the creator of the video (this helps readers judge its validity). Highlight 2 specific facts that a viewer will see in the video, and define one vocabulary word.
Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around The Clock (1955) HD

Comet Sources

Use http://easybib.com to create citations for your comet sources, and cut/paste the citations in a text box under your video

Asteroid Section

Start your asteroid section with a few bullet points. Each bullet point must be written as a complete sentence, but since they stand independently, they don't have to flow as a paragraph.



  • Describe what an asteroid is
  • Explain the difference between an asteroid, a meteor, and a meteorite
  • Explain what a near-Earth asteroid is
  • Indicate the date of a historical asteroid impact on Earth, and describe its effects
  • Include a picture of a asteriod, and describe it by indicating which asteriodit is and how the picture was taken (when you insert a text box, you can click the arrows to bring in picture frames)

News article

Locate a news article involving an asteroid. Evaluate your article to be sure that it is a news article, and not an educational resource or encyclopedic entry.


  • Use the "embed link" tool to insert this news article.
  • Write a short paragraph to setup the news article:
  • Above the article, write a short paragraph that sets it up. Discuss the topic of the article and indicate who is the publisher. (this helps readers judge its validity). Highlight 2 specific facts that a reader will see, and define one vocabulary word.

Asteroid Sources

Use http://easybib.com to create citations for your comet sources, and cut/paste the citations in a text box under your video