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Students work in groups to analyze temperature and pressure graphs from the first 30 days of the Pathfinder mission and discuss whether liquid water could have existed under these conditions. They then look at images of Mars. Pupils interpret the landforms and compare a river-cut valley on Mars with Earth's Grand Canyon, they identify water as the agent that shaped the surface.
Students work with a partner to plot the trajectory of a spacecraft traveling between Earth and Mars in the 2018 and returning in 2020. They examine the key factors when planning a mission to and from Mars such as travel time, distances involved and the location of the planets.
Fifth graders use research skills to explore conservation of natural resources. They explore methods that scientists use to learn about the world and design their own explorations. Students also research the way natural resources are used and conserved, and conduct a conservation simulation by experimenting with energy in a battery.
Students identify and interpret photographic details of a Martian surface image, design, and create a simple features map. They identify and interpret the geologic history of a part of Mars' surface and then, analyze and discuss the sequencing of Mars' geologic history. Finally, students locate other images of Mars' surface on the World Wide Web, create maps for these areas, and determine their history.
Learners complete activities to investigate micro-gravity. In this space science lesson, students establish where the ISS is in location to the Earth and Moon using a model. Learners complete an experiment to study space food and complete a disorientation maze to learn about microgravity.
Students investigate science and technology by reading a children's book. In this reading comprehension lesson, students read the story Archibald Frisby and discuss the ways we use science and technology in everyday life. Students summarize the book and discuss whether the title character is a hero or not based on his actions.
Students explore how science and technology interact. They discuss important inventions, discoveries and technologies. They research a specific technological advance, or invention, and prepare a presentation that includes the economics, demographics and geographic parameters from the time period of their selection.
Students study the Solar System through a variety of experiments. In this space science instructional activity, students complete various activities to learn about the Solar System. Students use an apple to learn about Earth's layers, and eggs to understand the Earth's composition. Students complete an experiment to learn about the causes of day and night.
Learners gain knowledge about earth and space science by studying the nine planets in the solar system as well as their key characteristics. In this solar system lesson, students identify the nine planets. Learners work in groups to complete a planet and description matching game. Students make a chart of the planets and their descriptions. Learners sing a planet song. Students write a letter about their favorite planet and construct a planet diagram.
Students explore the Solar System and examine the characteristics of al the planets. Through research and discussion, they create catalogs of the Solar System's components. Next, students use their findings to create Powerpoint versions of their catalogs. The lesson concludes with students creating travel brochures of a chosen planet.