The Atmospheres of the Solar System

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
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3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Compound Interest
Publication Date:2015
Summary:We're heading out of this world to compare atmospheric compositions of the other planets in the solar system, as well as our own. Practically every other planet in our solar system can be considered to have an atmosphere, apart from perhaps the extremely thin, transient atmosphere of Mercury, with compositions varying from planet to planet. Different conditions on different planets can also give rise to particular effects. Downloads, posters, and printable versions available.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 3
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS1-2; HS-ESS1-3; MS-ESS1-2; MS-ESS1-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; atmosphere; atmospheric science; chemistry; earth; education; elementary school; high school; jupiter; k-5; k-5 geosource; mars; mercury; middle school; neptune; pluto; saturn; solar system; space; uranus; venus
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