Atmospheric Formation

This Atmospheric Formation activity & project also includes:

Could another object in space have an atmosphere similar to Earth's? In this research project, learners write a paper showing the knowledge they have gained on atmospheric formation by comparing Saturn's moon and Titan's atmosphere to the formation of Earth's early atmosphere. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include as an assessment during a unit on our atmosphere
  • Assign to be completed outside of the classroom
Classroom Considerations

  • If all learners don't have access to the Internet, allow class time to complete
  • Takes one to two weeks to appropriately complete the lesson
Pros

  • Includes a rubric
  • Contains a Venn diagram
  • Gives very specific topics to include in the research paper 
Cons

  • The assignment states to compare Titan's atmosphere to Earth's early atmosphere, but under topics to include, this is not stated; what is asked for in topics to include are theories, compositions, conditions, temperatures and layers of early atmospheres, which may confuse some individuals
Common Core

NGSS