MS-ESS1-2: Gravity and Motions in Space

Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system. (Systems and System Models)

Clarification Statement: Emphasis for the model is on gravity as the force that holds together the solar system and Milky Way galaxy and controls orbital motions within them. Examples of models can be physical (such as the analogy of distance along a football field or computer visualizations of elliptical orbits) or conceptual (such as mathematical proportions relative to the size of familiar objects such as students' school or state).

Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include Kepler’s Laws of orbital motion or the apparent retrograde motion of the planets as viewed from Earth.




Assessments

The following assessments were created by science teachers hoping to better understand the NGSS. In most cases teachers went from standard to assessment in around an hour.  These are drafts and should be used accordingly. Feel free to improve these assessments or contribute to the collection. Learn more about assessment design here.


Phenomena

 

Anchor Charts


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Vocabulary

Gravitational force
Orbital motions
Solar system (including sun, planets, moons, and asteroids)
Milky Way galaxy (stars [e.g. sun] and their associated systems)
Other galaxies
Universe


Learning Plans


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