4th Grade Space Exploration
Unit Essential Questions
•What are the similarities and differences between Earth and Mars?
•Is it feasible to send humans to Mars?
Final Frontier Choice Board- students choose 1 option to complete today
1) Pretend that you are the president of NASA. The public believes that the government is giving NASA too much money and that the money can be better spent in other areas during these tough economic times. Go to http://www.nasa.gov/topics/nasalife/index.html and research how NASA affects the public’s everyday lives. Use the information to create some sort of presentation (Photo Story, Power Point, infomercial, brochure, etc.), convincing the public that NASA deserves the funding.
2) Pretend that new life was discovered on one of the other planets in our solar system. Refer to the class chart we completed during lesson one. What challenges would a life form on this planet face? What physical features can you give your life form in order to overcome these challenges? How does it meet its basic needs (food, shelter, etc.) on the planet? What special abilities or characteristics does it have that we do not? How is it similar and different from us? You may choose to share your product in the form of a labeled diagram, a 3-D model, a Puppet Pals puppet show on the iPad, or a fact file.
3. Using the Mars Globe app on the iPad, choose an exact location for a Mars colony. Design an aerial map of the colony. Be sure that all of the basic needs of the colony are met. Brainstorm potential problems, and have solutions to these problems already in place. Be sure that all areas are labeled clearly.
4. Pretend that you have been asked to present information about technological advancements that NASA has made. Go to http://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/index.html and research at least five advancements. Use the information to create some sort of presentation (Photo Story, Power Point, brochure, book, etc.) and arrange them in order from the least important to the most important. Be sure to tell people how the advancement affects and improves our daily lives and why each received the ranking it received.
Clickable Space Suit
Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids Links
Going further with your comparisons-
Spin-off Publication Research (type your spin-off in the search bar in the middle of the screen)
Space Choice Board Activities
Mars Fact Sheet
Make Mars Home
Clickable Space Suit
Day 1 Planet Research
NASA in Your Life
NASA Commercial Space Travel
Water on Mars
Previous, Current, & Future Missions to
Getting to Mars
Careers in Space