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This activity introduces students to planetary research. Students learn to focus on details by studying and writing descriptions of uncaptioned images of the Solar System. They then increase their knowledge of the planets and their features by comparing their descriptions to those of real researchers. Students organize their findings to infer a key difference between inner and outer planets.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • Informal
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Module / Unit
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Available at website
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-558
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of science
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: UC Berkeley
Center for Science Education