In this Knowledge Set students will learn about recent developments in space and exploration and explore questions regarding the possibility of extraterrestrials.
Target Grades & Subject(s): Grades 9-12; Earth & Space Science, English-Language Arts
- Students will analyze the central ideas and conclusions presented in multiple texts about the discovery of new planets and the likelihood of life on another planet. (CCSS RST.2, RST.9; NGSS HS-ESS1)
- Students will use textual evidence to draw their own conclusions and to assess an author’s claims and arguments about the existence of extraterrestrial life. (CCSS RST.1, RST.8; NGSS HS-ESS1)
Before Teaching this Set
- Review basic space-related vocabulary -- e.g., solar system, orbit, galaxy, universe, stars, planet, etc.
- Remind students of Earth’s place in the solar system and the role of the Sun and water in sustaining human life.
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