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Activity Three: Priority Packing for the Moon

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Grade Levels

Grades 5-8


Life Science, Mathematics, Space Science, Life Support, Living and Working in Space, Measurement and Data Analysis, Problem Solving, Missions to Planets and Moons


Lesson Plans / Activities

Students will plan a simulated mission to the Moon and expand their knowledge about basic human needs by thinking about what resources will be necessary on a mission to the Moon. Students will identify resources available at their selected landing site and what science missions should be conducted. Students will also need to prioritize what to pack for living and working at their selected Moon site.

Students will:

  • Evaluate the importance of given objects based on basic human needs and availability of space on a lander in order to be successful on a mission to the Moon.
  • Optimize a given volume for packing items for space in the human landing system cargo bay.

Next Generation Science Standards: MS-LS2-1

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.MATH. CONTENT.7.G.B.6, CCSS.MATH. CONTENT.7.G.B.6

Activity Three: Priority Packing for the Moon

This lesson plan is part of the “Landing Humans on the Moon Educator Guide.”