Impact Craters: A Look at the Past

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The Galle crater on Mars is also known as the Happy Face crater because of its appearance. First, scholars use pebbles and flour to simulate craters and study their properties. They then apply this knowledge to help decipher the history of many objects in the solar system. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • If time allows, repeat activity one with other textures for the craters to land on, for example: sand, gravel, water, or concrete
Classroom Considerations
  • Gather enough newspaper to contain the mess from activity one
  • Demonstrate how to use a sifter, as most learners this age have not used one previously
  • The final lesson of a 10-part series
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  • Contains a detailed science overview
  • Includes assessment criteria for both activities
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