Space Video – The Solar System: Pluto – Aligns with NGSS 5-PS2-1 and 5-ESS1-1

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This is the story of Pluto – from Clyde Tombaugh's 1930 discovery to the exhilarating flyby of the New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. Appealing to the child’s perspective and everyday world, it uses scientific demonstrations, clear explanations, relevant vocabulary, vivid photography, video clips, diagrams, a bit of music, and my original writing and narration. It includes NGSS / Common Core-aligned concepts and content: [5-PS2-1], [5-ESS1-1], and [MS-PS2-4].

Examples of physical and earth science content, concepts, and phenomena:

• The solar system and its objects

• Gravity and orbits

• Impact craters

• Planetary geology

• States of matter

• The reasoning behind the change of Pluto’s designation, from one of our nine planets to a member of the recently-created dwarf planets category

• Amazing discoveries and New Horizons team analysis of Pluto and its moons


• Video transcript

• Two-page fill-in-the-blank guide for students to complete while the video is playing

• Answer key for the above

• One-page sheet of challenging NGSS / Common Core standards-aligned questions

• Answer key for the above

This video reflects 32+ years of experience teaching space sciences and space exploration to grades K-6. It combines the excitement of discovery with the incorporation of hands-on learning, and it conveys in a style similar to one you might find in a children’s non-fiction science trade book. I hope you and your students enjoy it!

Solar system, Pluto, Charon, planet, planets, space, astronomy, gravity, orbit, orbits, spacecraft, dwarf planet, universe, NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, align, aligns, spaceship, mission, missions, exploration, planetary geology, mountain, mountains, crater, craters, volcano, volcanoes, ice, nitrogen, liquid, solid, gas, methane, water, moon, moons, Earth, flyby, canyon, canyons, ridge, ridges, planitia, Tombaugh, barycenter, center of mass, wobble, atmosphere, atmospheres, satellite, satellites, ring, rings, rotate, rotation, revolve, revolution

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