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Scenario: TRAPPIST-1 a good place for life?

Grade Level Grades 8-11
Resource Type Activity, Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards

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In this lesson, students are introduced to the TRAPPIST-1 —a recently discovered exoplanetary system with a theoretically habitable zone.  Students compare our solar system’s characteristics to those of TRAPPIST-1. The students decide how characteristics influence the likelihood of life in the TRAPPIST-1 system.

This lesson uses a 5-E Model in alignment with NGSS to explore astronomy and astrobiology. It also aligns with the NYS Regents Exam.

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Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.
Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.

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