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Selene: a lunar construction game

National Standards

AAAS: by Debbie Denise Reese Ph.D.

Correspondences between Selene Selenology Domain Superordinate Concepts, AAAS Atlas of Science Literacy Strand Maps (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001).

Selenology6-8Planets of very different size, composition, and surface features move around the sun... Some planets and moons show evidence of geologic activity.... 1
Accretion9-12Our solar system coalesced out of a giant cloud of gas and debris left in the wake of exploding stars about five billion years ago.... 1
Differentiation6-8The earth first formed in a molten state and then the surface cooled into solid rock.2

As the earth and other planets formed, the heavier elements fell to their centers....1
Stratification9-12Scientific evidence implies that some rock near the earth’s surface is several billion years old.2
Impact Cratering6-8Many chunks of rock orbit the sun. Those that meet the earth glow and disintegrate from friction as they plunge through the atmosphere—and sometimes impact the ground...1
Volcanism6-8Some changes in the earth’s surface are abrupt (such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions)... 2

The interior of the earth is hot. Heat flow and movement of material within the earth cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions which create mountains and ocean basins. 2

1 The Universe: Solar System strand, p. 45.
2 Processes that Shape the Earth: Changes in the Earth’s Surface strand, p. 51.


American Association for the Advancement of Science (2001). Atlas of science literacy. Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science and National Science Teachers Association.