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The Orbit Simulator
Grade Level: 3-5
Lesson Time:
Body: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Comets
Mission: Voyager 1 (Our Solar System), Voyager 2 (Our Solar System)

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Short Description: This simulator lets students explore many aspects of the orbits of planets and one comet.

NGSS Connections:

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

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Practices:

  • 2-Developing and using models
  • 4-Analyzing and interpreting data
  • 6-Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)

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Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 1-Patterns
  • 3-Scale, proportion and quantity
  • 4-Systems and system models

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Credit: Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics


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