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How Much Would You Weigh on Distant Planets
Grade Level: 6-8
Lesson Time: Less Than 30 Minutes
Body: Earth's Moon
Mission: Apollo 11 (Earth's Moon), Apollo 12 (Earth's Moon), Apollo 14 (Earth's Moon), Apollo 15 (Earth's Moon), Apollo 17 (Earth's Moon), Apollo Program (Earth's Moon)

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Short Description: Students view Web movies of astronauts on the moon and discuss what they can learn about one's lunar weight; a calculator is provided to get their weight on other planets; a discussion of the causes of weight and gravity is then suggested with different hypotheses.

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

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Practices:

  • 4-Analyzing and interpreting data

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Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 2-Cause and effect: mechanism and explanation

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Credit: Montana State University


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Last Updated: 20 Aug 2014