NASA Moon Mission Shares Insights into Giant Impacts

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Resource ID#: 166967 Primary Type: Text Resource

General Information

Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9, 10
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: crater, lunar, lunar surface, geologic processes, impact basin, scientific model, modeling, gravity, moon, lunar maria, text complexity, informational text, Orientale basin, GRAIL mission
Instructional Component Type(s): Text Resource
Resource Collection: STEM Reading Resources

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Lesson Plan

Modeling Moon Craters:

In this lesson, students will analyze an informational text that highlights current research on high impact craters on the moon. Scientists have been studying the largest impact basins on the moon, such as the Orientale basin. Until now, how impact craters with rings form had not been well understood, but scientists have modeled Orientale's formation using data from NASA's GRAIL mission. This lesson is designed to support reading in the content area. The lesson plan includes a vocabulary guide, text-dependent questions, a writing prompt, answer keys, and a writing rubric.

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