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Desert RATS
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Lesson Time: 30-60 Minutes
Body: Earth, Mars, Earth's Moon

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Short Description: Students research and present an exploration mission timeline proposal that utilizes the scientific process to meet science objectives and mission parameters for the field site. The goal is for students to create a 3-day mission timeline of activities for exploration.

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
  • ESS2: Earth's Systems

Read more: NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

Practices:

  • 3-Planning and carrying out investigations
  • 4-Analyzing and interpreting data
  • 5-Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • 6-Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  • 7-Engaging in argument from evidence
  • 8-Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Read more: Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 3-Scale, proportion and quantity

Read more: NGSS Crosscutting Concepts

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Last Updated: 26 Aug 2014