Grade Level: 6-8
Lesson Time: 30-60 Minutes
Dawn (Dwarf Planets)
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Short Description: In the activity "Vegetable Light Curves," students observe the surface of rotating potatoes to help them understand how astronomers can sometimes determine the shape of asteroids from variations in reflective brightness.
Why We Chose This Lesson
This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.
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: Dawn Education