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Teaching Resources

Antarctic Meteorites and Mars

STEM Discipline


National Middle School Science Standards

Earth SciencePhysical Science 

Key Terms:

geology, meteorites, minerals, Mars, solar system history, melt clasts 

Key Concepts:

  • Characteristics of meteorites
  • Evidence of solar system collisions
  • Antarctica as a source of meteorites 
  • What meteorites reveal about Mars
  • Technology used by meteoriticists

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

An Antarctic meteorite slice, thinner than a human hair, is lit up by polarized light for analysis. Smithsonian image.An Antarctic meteorite slice, thinner than a human hair, is lit up by polarized light for analysis. Smithsonian image.
Webcasts (video) and Podcasts (audio) Shows
Printable Lessons
Online Activities
Science Literacy Resources
Posters and Worksheets

The Antarctic Meteorites and Mars teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

Earth Science


Earth's Place in the Universe
  • MS-ESS1-2Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
  • MS-ESS1-3Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
  • MS-ESS1-4Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6-billion-year-old history.
Physical Science


Matter and Its Interactions
  • MS-PS1-1Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.


Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • MS-PS2-1Apply Newton's Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards


Close-up shot of geologist Dr. Catherine (Cari) Corrigan in an orange parka, ski glasses, and ski cap in Antarctica.
Catherine Corrigan
Geologist and Curator of Antarctic Meteorites
Geologist Dr. Tim McCoy in a red T-shirt holding a Mars meteorite in his left hand. The backdrop is of a brown desert.
Timothy McCoy
Geologist and Curator-in-Charge, Meteorite Collection
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