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On the Moon
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Lesson Time: More Than an Hour
Body: Earth's Moon
Mission: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (Earth's Moon)

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Short Description: This guide has six activities that bring engineering and NASA's moon missions to life. Some are applicable for elementary-aged students, and one is for high school students, but most are targeted for middle school students.

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

  • ETS1: Engineering Design
  • PS2: Motion and Stability
  • PS3: Energy

Read more: NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

Practices:

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

Read more: Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 2-Cause and effect: mechanism and explanation
  • 3-Scale, proportion and quantity
  • 4-Systems and system models
  • 5-Energy and matter: flows, cycles and conversation

Read more: NGSS Crosscutting Concepts

Credit: PBS Kids


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Last Updated: 21 Aug 2014