Investigating Life on the Third Rock

Type of Resource



A phenomenon-based unit driven by student questions about Earth and space that builds toward MS-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-3, and MS-PS2-4. This Google folder contains all documents needed for this 5 week unit. This unit has been submitted to Achieve's Peer Review Panel for review.

Performance Expectations

MS-PS2-4   Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.

MS-LS1-6   Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.

MS-ESS1-1   Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

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.