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Moon's Long History: Impact Paintings
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Correlations to National Science Standards

Grades K–4
Science as Inquiry – Content Standard A
Understanding About Scientific Inquiry

  • Scientific investigations involve asking and answering a question and comparing the answer with what scientists already know about the world.
  • Scientists use different kinds of investigations depending on the questions they are trying to answer. Types of investigations include describing objects, events, and organisms; classifying them; and doing a fair test (experimenting).

Earth and Space Science – Content Standard D
Objects in the Sky

  • The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described.

Changes in the Earth and Sky

  • The surface of Earth changes. Some changes are due to slow processes, such as erosion and weathering, and some changes are due to rapid processes, such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes — and impacts!

Grades 5–8
Science as Inquiry – Content Standard A
Abilities Necessary to Do Scientific Inquiry

  • Different kinds of questions suggest different kinds of scientific investigations. Some investigations involve observing and describing objects, and some involve making models.

Earth and Space Science – Content Standard D
Earth in the Solar System

  • The earth is the third planet from the sun in a system that includes the moon.

Earth's History
The earth processes we see today, including erosion, movement of lithospheric plates, and changes in atmospheric composition, are similar to those that occurred in the past. Earth history is also influenced by occasional catastrophes, such as the impact of an asteroid or comet.

National Geography Standards 
Grades K–12

  • Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.



Last updated
May 4, 2011

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