Students collaborate as a group to research instruments used to explore space. Directions require students to create a Google Slide Show in their group to show the discoveries made by some of these instruments. Students view a video, read a text, and create the collaborative presentation.
The lesson is aligned with NGSS standard MS-ESS1-3. It is a great way to introduce this standard prior to having students analyze the scale properties of the solar system.
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Next Generation Science Standards
MS-ESS1-3 Earth's Place in the Universe Students who demonstrate understanding can:
Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
[Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the analysis of data from Earth-based instruments, space-based telescopes, and spacecraft to determine similarities and differences among solar system objects. Examples of scale properties include the sizes of an object’s layers (such as crust and atmosphere), surface features (such as volcanoes), and orbital radius. Examples of data include statistical information, drawings and photographs, and models.]
[Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include recalling facts about properties of the planets and other solar system bodies.]