Kid Moon: Splat!

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
3 4 5 6 7 8
Organization:Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Summary:Children model ancient lunar impacts using water balloons. By measuring the diameter of the crater area, children discover that the Moon's argest impact basins were created by huge asteroids! Like these huge asteroids, the water balloons were destroyed on impact and leave a splash (i.e., crater) that is 10 to 20 times wider than the impactor. In this activity, students use water balloons to model these impact craters found on the Moon.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
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; activities; asteroid; earth science; elementary school; geoscience; k-5; k-5 geosource; meteorite; middle school; model; moon; physics; space
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