This easy-to-use science literacy activity 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.
It includes learning objectives, the NGSS alignment for the activity, one science literacy article, assessment questions and an answer key. The activity is ideal to supplement an astronomy, earth and space science lesson or as a substitute teacher lesson plan.
This activity is also included in NGSS Earth & Space Science Astronomy Lesson Plan #44 Gravity & Planet's Surface .
Upon completion of this activity, 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.
This activity is also included in Earth and Space Science Astronomy Learning Activities MEGA BUNDLE .
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