Reflection: High Expectations Inner Planets - Section 4: Part 2 (Exploration/Simulation - Organization - Illustration)


Before diving into the simulation that appears in this and the next lesson, give your students time to explore the sim and all of the various features embedded in the buttons. In other words, give them time to play. Once that is out of the way, you can then hold them accountable to getting down to the more focused work of making observations and drawing conclusions. Past practice for me has shown that if I do not give my students ample time to play around with the sim that they end up making time to play rather than work and it creates more of a management headache than had I just given them the direction to play for a little bit and then get down to work.

  Using Simulations
  High Expectations: Using Simulations
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Inner Planets

Unit 8: Where Is Earth In Space?
Lesson 5 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties and characteristics of the four inner planets.

Big Idea: In these activities students compare the inner planets.

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Science, solar system, Earth and Space Science, Inner Planets, simulation, space, Planets
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