Mimas: The Real-Life Death Star

Saturn's moon Mimas has a unique composition worth studying. Mimas has a crater that was created 4.1 billion years ago that altered its composition from core to surface. Scholars learn these unique characteristics as they view an out-of-this-world installment of a solar system video series.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Record new vocabulary in a graphic organizer such as a Frayer diagram
  • Follow the lesson with a lab investigation on the formation of craters
Classroom Considerations
  • Monitor YouTube comments if making the video available for independent viewing
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Highlights key scientific vocabulary
  • Builds on background knowledge of the solar system
Cons
  • None