Goldilocks and the Three Planets

Venus is the second brightest object in the night sky after the moon. Here is an interesting lesson that explores three planets — Venus, Earth, and Mars — specifically their surfaces and atmospheres. Through an analysis of their spectra, learners compare the results to known spectra of given elements, looking for commonalities. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Set up stations around the room, each with a different simulation, and have learners work through them at their own pace
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity is downloadable
  • Each pupil needs a computer with Internet access
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • The embedded videos and manipulations are engaging
  • For visually impaired learners, there is screen reader compatibility

  • None
Common Core