•    Unlocking the Solar System

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    **PLANETARIUM PROGRAM ** Limit 2 classes (60 students)

    Since the Pluto Encounter in July 2015, what have scientists revealed about the origins of the solar system? Is it too soon to tell? Examine the data and images yourself to create your own storyline of the early solar system. Compare our solar system to exoplanetary systems and determine if there is a “typical” system of planets. Use Earth as a baseline to understand the interaction between Pluto’s geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere and to make predictions about how these systems might interact on other worlds. Discover how unlocking our own solar system unlocks mysteries about the universe itself!


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     Aligned Standards

    Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Common Core (RELA/Math)

    Unit 1: Earth and Space Science; Module 2: Earth Materials and Systems

    5.ESS2. Earth’s Systems
    5-ESS2-1: Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.

    MS. Space Systems
    MS-ESS1-2: Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
    MS-ESS1-3: Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
    ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System. The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them.

     ELA/Literacy -

    RI.5.7: Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
    RST.6-8.1: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
    RST.6-8.7: Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
    SL.8.5: Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
    W.5.8: Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
    SL.5.5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

    Mathematics -
    MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively
    MP.4 Model with mathematics.