Grade Level: 6-8
Lesson Time: 30-60 Minutes
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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.
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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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- 2-Developing and using models
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- 4-Systems and system models
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Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute