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Grade Level: 5-8
Science Education Standards: Science as Inquiry -- Content Standard A
Understandings about Scientific Inquiry
- Different kinds of questions suggest different kinds of scientific investigations. Some investigations involve observing and describing objects, organisms or events; some involve collecting specimens; some involve experiments; some involve seeking more information; some involve discovery of new objects and phenomena; and some involve making models.
- Mathematics is important in all aspects of scientific inquiry.
Earth and Space Science -- Content Standard D
Earth in the Solar System
- Gravity is the force that keeps planets in orbit around the sun and governs the rest of the motion in the solar system. Gravity alone holds us to the Earth's surface and explains the phenomena of the tides.
Short Description: Students discover how the Moon's gravitational pull causes the level of the ocean to rise and fall twice a day along most coastlines through this kinesthetic activity, and consider what the Earth's tides might have been like if there was no Moon.
Source: Lunar and Planetary Institute