Lunar and Planetary Institute

Big Kid on the Block: Dunking the Planets
EXPLORE! Solar System

Big Kid on the Block: Dunking the Planets

Correlations to National Science Education Standards

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 making models.
  • Scientific explanations emphasize evidence, have logically consistent arguments, and use scientific principles, models, and theories. The scientific community accepts and uses such explanations until displaced by better scientific ones. When such displacement occurs, science advances.

Physical Science – Content Standard B
Properties and Changes of Properties in Matter

  • A substance has characteristic properties, such as density, a boiling point, and solubility.

Physical Science – Content Standard B
Earth in the Solar System

  • Earth is the third planet from the sun in a system that includes the Moon, the Sun, eight other planets and their moons, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets. The Sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system.


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