Let's Investigate Mars

Take your science class on a hypothetical field trip to Mars with an engaging astronomy lesson. After first learning about NASA's Mars rover missions, young scientists plan their own scientific investigations of Earth's nearest neighbor.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include this lesson in an astronomy lesson series on space exploration
  • Have students create multimedia slide shows for presenting their work with the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Before performing this lesson, gather reference materials from your school or local library for students to use as they research the planet Mars
Pros

  • Lesson and all included materials are available in both English and Spanish
  • A student section is provided that includes all materials they need to complete the lesson
  • Offers ideas for creating cross-curricular connections with math, language arts, and history
  • Includes a rubric for teachers to use when evaluating student projects
Cons

  • None
Included Materials - Join to Access

  • Let's Investigate Mar's (Spanish Version)
  • Let's Investigate Mars - Student Section
  • Let's Investigate Mars - Student Section (Spanish Version)
  • Why do we want to study and travel to Mars?
  • Why do we want to study and travel to Mars? (Spanish Version)
  • Why do we want to study and travel to Mars?
  • Why do we want to study and travel to Mars? (Spanish Version)
  • Rubric