MS-ESS1-3 Solar System Trends Lab Stations Activity

MS-ESS1-3 Solar System Trends 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-ESS1-3. 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.

Solar System Trends Lab Learning Objectives
1. Determine relationships between a planet’s distance from the sun and its period of revolution.
2. Determine relationships between a planet’s mass with its gravitational acceleration.
3. Identify similar and unique features of the planets.
4. Compare and contrast the internal structure of terrestrial planets and gas giants.
5. Evaluate the use of space probes to gather information about the planets of the Solar System.

Science Skills Station
Students will study solar system trends. They will complete two graphing activities to study the relationship between a planet’s distance from the sun and its period of revolution as well as the mass of a planet and its gravitational acceleration. Students will consider other solar system trends as well.

Narrative Station
Students will read about important similarities and differences among planets in the Solar System. Students will also watch a video about the Cassini space probe so to appreciate the use of space crafts in gathering data from the planets in our solar system.

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

Problem-Solving Station
Students will construct a model that illustrates the interior of the terrestrial planets and gas giants. The model will show the relative size of the planets, the thickness of the internal layers of the planet and the state of matter of the substances within the planets.

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:
2 Computers or tablets
Ruler
Colored Pencils
Markers
Graph Paper (optional)
Various arts and crafts supplies (construction paper, pompoms, pipe cleaners)
Glue
Scissors

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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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