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Heavyweight Champion: Jupiter and The Pull of the Planets Unit

Heavyweight Champion: Jupiter and The Pull of the Planets Unit

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Short Description: The students explore gravity and its relationship to weight by weighing themselves on scales modified to represent weights on other worlds, and compare the features of different planets to determine which characteristics cause a planet to have more or less gravity.

Topic: Gravity: It's What Keeps Us Together

Grade Level: K-4

Body: Jupiter

Mission: Juno (Jupiter)

Science Education Standards:


By the end of the 2nd grade, students should know that: Things near the Earth fall to the ground unless something holds them up. 4G/P1

National Science Education Standards

Grades K-4
Properties of Objects and Materials
Objects have many observable properties, including size, weight, shape, color, temperature, and the ability to react with other substances. Those properties can be measured using tools, such as rulers, balances, and thermometers.
Position and Motion of Objects

The position of an object can be described by locating it relative to another object or the background.

An object's motion can be described by tracing and measuring its position over time.
The position and motion of objects can be changed by pushing or pulling. The size of the change is related to the strength of the push or pull.

Source: Lunar and Planetary Institute

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