The Moons of Jupiter

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Middle schoolers analyze given data on density and diameter of objects in space by graphing the data and then discussing their findings. This ninth installment of a 22-part series emphasizes the Galilean moons as compared to other objects. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Place learners in groups and have each group make their graphs on large paper and post around the room before discussing
  • Talk about how density is related to diameter in these objects (if at all)
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes scholars have some understanding of density; they do not need to calculate density data, just know how to use it
  • Depending upon ability of pupils and discussion, activity duration is 15 - 45 minutes
  • Part nine in a series of 22
  • Activity requires few materials
  • Simple to incorporate into a discussion about Jupiter's moons and take only part of the class period
  • None
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