MS-ESS1-2 The Solar System Lab Stations Activity

MS-ESS1-2 The Solar System Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory partially satisfies NGSS MS-ESS1-2. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

The Solar System Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Identify and describe the eight planets of the solar system.
2. Use a computer model to study the planets, moons and other celestial objects of the solar system.
3. Compare and contrast features of the inner terrestrial and outer Jovian planets.
4. Build and evaluate a model of our solar system.
5. Use a model to describe the role of gravity in the orbital motion of objects in our solar system.
6. Use a model to describe the relationship between our solar system, other solar systems in our galaxy, our galaxy and other galaxies in the universe.

Science Skills Station
Students will use a computer model – “NASA Eyes” – to study the planets, moons and other celestial objects of the solar system.. Students will manipulate the computer model to make observations of the planets and to study features – such as mass, diameter and number of moons – of the planets. Students will also use the program to describe the relative position of the planets, the asteroid belt and Kuiper belt.

Narrative Station
Students will watch two videos about the planets of the solar system at this station. In the first video, students will watch a video about the weather conditions on the inner terrestrial planets. In the second video, students will watch a video about the weather conditions on the outer Jovian planets.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to our solar system. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will construct a model of the solar system at this station. The model will scale the size of and distance between the eight planets of the solar system. Students will compare the model to a computer model that takes you on a “tour” of the universe - what we know exists and what we think exists beyond what we know.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
3 Computers or tablets
2 sets of colored pencils
Scissors
String or yarn (2 meters per student)
Tape
Glue stick
Meter stick

Important Note:
The science skills station requires a computer or tablet with "NASA Eyes" installed. To make sure you can install this program, go to https://eyes.nasa.gov. If you cannot install the program, students can complete the activities at the station using the NASA Solar System Exploration website.

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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Total Pages
46 pages
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Teaching Duration
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