Overview: Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) facts

of "Fast Facts: The Pinwheel Galaxy (M101)"
Fast Facts: The Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) lists in a table the name, description, location, size, and distance from Earth of the galaxy. A picture of the galaxy is included.
Format(s) available: Printer-friendly Web page
Grades: Adaptable, at teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Fast Facts: The Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) as:

A source of information. Find out about the galaxy.

A mapping activity. Locate the galaxy's associated constellation on a star map.

A large-number recognition activity. Have students put this table and other Fast Fact tables in order, starting with the object closest to Earth and ending with the one farthest away.

An inquiry tool. Have students write down questions they would like answered as a result of reading this Fast Facts table and looking at the image.

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See the Galaxies section on the "Teaching tools" page.

Overview: Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) facts