|Lesson Plan ID:
|| Imagine Mars|
Students will learn about Mars and what adaptations would be needed for people to live on Mars. They will develop a plan for the colonization of Mars. A slideshow presentation and brochure will be created to entice people to join this new colony being developed.
|SC(6) ||10. Describe components of the universe and their relationships to each other, including stars, planets and their moons, solar systems, and galaxies. |
|SC(6) ||11. Describe units used to measure distance in space, including astronomical units and light years. |
|SC(7) ||1. Describe characteristics common to living things, including growth and development, reproduction, cellular organization, use of energy, exchange of gases, and response to the environment. |
|TC2(6-8) ||5. Use basic features of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software. |
|TC2(6-8) ||6. Select specific digital tools for completing curriculum-related tasks. |
|Primary Learning Objective(s):
|| Students will use Internet searching skills to research Mars. Students will analyze the factors that will have to be changed before people can live on Mars. Students will develop a way of making the necessary changes that will allow people to live on Mars. Students will evaluate the effectiveness of their plans.|
|Additional Learning Objective(s):
|Approximate Duration of the Lesson:
|| Greater than 120 Minutes|
|Materials and Equipment:
Copies of student handouts (see attachments)
|Technology Resources Needed:
Computer with Internet access, presentation and desktop publishing software, color printer
1.)Introduce the lesson with a review of the characteristics of life and what is required of an environment to sustain life.
2.)Describe to students the general characteristics of Mars and the research and exploration done thus far.
3.)Hand out and review assignment description. (See attachment)
4.)Having previously scheduled computer lab time, take students to the lab to do research on Mars. Using their research, the students will produce a slideshow presentation and brochure designed to recruit "settlers" to their new Martian colony.
5.)After completing the slide show and brochure, the students will present their projects to the class. Student work and presentations will be assessed with the use of grading rubrics. (See attached)
6.)Student projects may be posted on a web site, with consideration given to safety concerns.
|Attachments:**Some files will display in a new window. Others will prompt you to download.
||Imagine Mars Brochure Rubric.doc|
Imagine Mars Project Directions.doc
Imagine Mars Sample Brochure.doc
Imagine Mars PowerPoint Presentation.doc
Use rubrics attached and publish colony ideas on website.
A review of the characteristics of life and the requirements of an environment to sustain life may be beneficial.
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for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading
or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at
a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with
short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions;
poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.
|Presentation of Material
||Using Groups and Peers
|Assisting the Reluctant Starter
||Dealing with Inappropriate
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.
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