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Ice in the Solar System
Grade Level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Lesson Time: More Than an Hour
Body: Our Solar System, Mercury, Earth's Moon
Mission: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (Earth's Moon), MESSENGER (Mercury)

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Short Description: Students examine different types of ices, discover where these different ices occur in the solar system, how scientists determine what ice is where, meet some of the scientists who are exploring these ice worlds, and explore why their work is so important!

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

  • ESS2: Earth's Systems
  • PS3: Energy
  • PS4: Waves and their Applications

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Practices:

  • 2-Developing and using models
  • 3-Planning and carrying out investigations
  • 8-Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

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Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 1-Patterns
  • 2-Cause and effect: mechanism and explanation
  • 4-Systems and system models
  • 7-Stability and change

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Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute


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Last Updated: 8 Sep 2014