Looking Inside Planets

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All of the gas giant's atmospheres consist of hydrogen and helium, the same gases that make up all stars. The third in a series of 22, the activity challenges pupils to make scale models of the interiors of planets in order to compare/contrast them. Groups share and discuss their models. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Placing learners in eight groups allows each planet to be represented
  • Pre-script discussion questions for when the class presents their models or at the conclusion of the activity; discussion questions are not included in this activity
  • If you are giving a grade, design a short rubric for the models
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes the class can do unit conversions
Pros

  • Provides list of planetary interior data for group use
  • Activity is simple and easy to incorporate into a unit on studying planets
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS