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 #47 Meteors, Meteorites & Earth .
Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to:
• Explain what shooting stars are.
• Describe the properties of the interplanetary dust particles that reach the Earth’s surface every day.
• Explain how interplanetary dust particles produce meteors.
• Explain how a comet can cause a meteor shower.
• Describe how cosmic dust particles can damage a spacecraft or a space-walking astronaut.
• Explain how asteroids, planets and moons can produce dust particles.
• Explain how cosmic dust particles can affect the Earth’s atmosphere and climate.
• Provide examples of how cosmic dust particles can affect life on the Earth.
• Describe how diamonds from outer space can reach the Earth’s surface.
• Explain how diamonds are created when meteorites crash into our planet.
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