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Mars Uncovered
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8
Lesson Time: 30-60 Minutes
Body: Mars
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (Mars)

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Short Description: The Mars Uncovered activity guides students through an inquiry-based and critical thinking approach to studying the surface of Mars as planetary scientists do. Students will learn to create a geologic map of Mars and use relative age dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history of that region.

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

Read more: NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

Practices:

  • 6-Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  • 7-Engaging in argument from evidence

Read more: Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 1-Patterns

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Credit: Arizona State University


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Last Updated: 6 Aug 2014