Cooking Up a Cap: Martian North Pole Layered Bean Dip

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8
Organization:National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Summary:Model the layers of the Martian arctic terrain with this fun -- and edible -- activity for students in grades 5-8. Using meat, bean dip, sour cream, cheese, and salsa, students create a layered dip that represents the components of the terrain found at the Martian North Pole. Students use tortilla chips to model the scooping action of the Mars Phoenix Lander's robotic arm. The activity includes a fact sheet on the Mars Phoenix Lander and Reflection Questions.
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS1-2; MS-ESS1-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Scale, proportion, and quantity; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; geology; geoscience; mars; middle school; model; nasa; space
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