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FOSS Planetary Science Investigation 10: Explore the Planets (6 days)
Big Idea
Earth and the moon, sun, and planets have predictable patterns of movement. These patterns, which are explainable by gravitational forces and conservation laws, in turn explain many large-scale phenomena observed on Earth. (K-12 Framework: ESS1.B)
Essential Questions
How can we discover objects in the sky using digitizing?
What would be included in an adventure tour of a planet based upon the information know about each planet?
 How can your presentation be lighthearted but based on solid foundations of scientific research?

Explain the relationship among common objects in the solar system, galaxy, and the universe.
Research new information about the planets, asteroids, and comets. Prepare a presentation to convince tourists to visit your planet based upon connections to scientific research. Present using multimedia components and appropriate speech to match the task.
Science & Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models:  students simulate the digital photography
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information:  students research planets
Content/Core Ideas
  • Each planet has specific information that is known about their composition and atmosphere that would influence what people would do if they could visit as a tourist.
  • We can use technology, such as robots, probes, satellites, and telescopes to learn more about the planets.
Crosscutting Concepts
Learning Practices
CC:7.LS.1-4  Discussion onf digital photography.
CC: 7.RI.1  student research planets
CC: 7.LS.1,4,5  students work in groups to produce a planet poster/brochure presentation
Mid-summative Exam 10
Final Summative Exam
Group Presentations