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Goldilocks and the Three Planets
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Lesson Time: 30-60 Minutes
Body: Venus, Earth, Mars
Mission: Akatsuki (Venus), MAVEN (Mars), Venus Express (Venus)

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Short Description: Students determine what some of Earth, Venus and Mars' atmosphere is composed of and then mathematically compare the amount of the greenhouse gas, CO2, on the planets Venus, Earth and Mars in order to determine which has the most.

Why We Chose This Lesson
This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe
  • PS4: Waves and their Applications

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Practices:

  • 4-Analyzing and interpreting data
  • 5-Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • 7-Engaging in argument from evidence

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Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 1-Patterns
  • 2-Cause and effect: mechanism and explanation
  • 6-Structures and function

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Credit: Laboratory for Space and Atmospheric Physics


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