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Exploring Meteorite Mysteries: Lesson 10-Building Blocks of Planets
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Lesson Time: More Than an Hour
Body: Our Solar System, Asteroids, Meteors & Meteorites
Mission: Dawn (Dwarf Planets), Deep Space Network (Our Solar System)

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Short Description: In Activity A students will observe and describe chondrite meteorites. In Activity B they will experiment with balloons and static electricity to illustrate the theories about how dust particles collected into larger clusters. In Activity C students will manipulate magnetic marbles and steel balls to dramatically illustrate the accretion of chondritic material into larger bodies like planets and asteroids.

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

  • PS2: Motion and Stability

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Practices:

  • 2-Developing and using models
  • 6-Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  • 8-Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

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Crosscutting Concepts:

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

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Credit: Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate


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