Grades 6-10. Students of all ages have an innate curiosity about our solar system’s planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids. Exploring Planetary Systems helps students clarify and expand their knowledge of our solar system, and Earth as a planet, through a series of engaging hands-on activities, discussions, presentations, and reading selections.
Benefits of using this kit:
- Conceptual sequence helps students retain and apply knowledge and experience to problem-solving strategies in new contexts
- Hands-on activities are often completed with lower levels of student disruptions, which allow teachers to summarize the results and meaning of the activities
- Supports STEM and Common Core initiatives as students work to develop 21st-century skills in science, math, technology, and engineering to prepare for careers in the global marketplace
- Fosters a positive attitude toward science
STC-Secondary™ is a 16-unit, inquiry-centered middle school science curriculum developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). Each STC-Secondary™ unit provides opportunities for students to experience scientific phenomena firsthand. A comprehensive, research-based curriculum, STC-Secondary™ is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Each lesson in Exploring Planetary Systems builds on skills and concepts presented in previous lessons. The unit begins with an assessment of students’ current understanding of the topic and ends with performance-based and written assessments. As students progress through the module, they take greater responsibility for their own learning, eventually planning and conducting their own procedures, devising their own data tables, and analyzing the results they obtain.