Lesson: Planetary Surface Evolution and Resurfacing

Author: Michael Kraft

Area: Earth and Space Science 

Grade Level: 7-12

Overview: Students will characterize a planet’s surface and form a hypothesis to explain the surface’s variability. The total time for lesson plan @ 45 minutes.



  • Content Standard A: Understanding about scientific inquiry through partial inquiry
  • Content Standard D: Earth’s History—application of Earth’s geologic principles to another planet
  • Content Standard G: Nature of Science—Use of observations and models to form scientific explanations
  • Program Standard C: Use of mathematics in the study of science—Use of statistical methods to describe and analyze a situation; create an experimental model involving probabilities
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