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Dance of the Moon and Oceans
Grade Level: 6-8
Lesson Time: 30-60 Minutes
Body: Sun, Earth, Earth's Moon

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Short Description: Students discover how the moon's gravitational pull causes the level of the ocean to rise and fall twice a day along most coastlines through this kinesthetic activity. They also consider what the Earth's tides might have been like if there were no moon.

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:

  • 2-Developing and using models

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Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 4-Systems and system models

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Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute


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