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Crash Landing!

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Short Description: This activity examines the conditions necessary to support on-going life on a planet. After considering the conditions needed for life as we know it, students select the most habitable planet, in a fictitious planetary system, on which to crash land.

Topic: Evolving Worlds: Planets, Like People, Grow and Change Over Time

Grade Level: 5-8

Body: Our Solar System, Venus, Earth, Mars

Mission: ARTEMIS (Earth's Moon), Earth Science Missions (Earth), InSight (Mars), LADEE (Earth's Moon), Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (Earth's Moon), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (Mars), Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity (Mars), Venus Express (Venus), Viking 1 (Mars), Viking 2 (Mars)

Science Education Standards:

Benchmarks

By the end of 8th grade, students should know that
  • Eight planets of very different size, composition, and surface features move around the sun in nearly circular orbits. Some planets have a variety of moons and even flat rings of rock and ice particles orbiting around them. Some of these planets and moons show evidence of geologic activity. The Earth is orbited by one moon, many artificial satellites, and debris. 4A/M3

National Science Education Standards

Earth and Space Science -- Content Standard D

Grades 5-8
EARTH IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM

  • The Earth is the third planet from the sun in a system that includes the Moon, the sun, eight other planets and their moons, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets.

Source: National Science Foundation


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