NGSS Earth & Space Science Astronomy Lesson Plan #44 Gravity Maps and Surface Features of Planets
This easy-to-use, turnkey lesson plan is aligned with the NGSS High School Earth and Space Science performance expectations and disciplinary core ideas in ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe.
The lesson plan includes a summary, a list of resources, learning outcomes, the NGSS alignment for the lesson, lesson procedures, one Science Literacy Activity. The lesson plan also includes a discussion question and sample responses, assessment questions and an answer key.
Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
• Explain how a planet’s gravity sets limits for the height of mountains on the planet.
• Describe how scientists define weight.
• Explain why we would feel lighter on Mars than on the Earth.
• Explain what a gravity anomaly is.
• Describe how NASA scientists study the gravity anomalies of Mars.
• Explain how the Earth’s rotation changes the Earth’s shape and affects the Earth’s gravity.
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