AN OUT OF THIS WORLDEXPERIENCE ALIEN ADVENTURE
Real World Connection NASA Space Center needs information regarding the possibility of alternate living arrangements for inhabitants of Earth.(in case of nuclear war) Your mission is to create an alien life form to test the living conditions on another planet. Can humans adapt to living on another planet?
What do you already know about the planets? What do we need to know? K W L Decide whether to do this project alone or with a partner. Choose how you will present this project to the class. • Presentation Options: (Choose one) • Video (using a Flip Camera) • Book • Tri-fold Brochure • Poster • Play • Power Point
RESEARCH Gather information to record on your planning sheet.
Planet & Alien Activity Planning Sheet Our planet is: ________________________________ We chose this planet because ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Research of our planet: • Location in solar system ________________________________ • Distance from Sun: ___________________________________ • Size of planet: ______________________________________ • Atmosphere: ________________________________________ • Temperature: _______________________________________ • Number of Moons: ____________________________________ • Composition: _________________________________________ • Interesting Facts: ______________________________________ • _______________________________________________________ Now you are ready to: Create your alien using recyclables or materials brought from home. Guiding Question: How does your alien adapt to its environment? (move, eat, defense, breathing, shelter, etc.)
resources Books: Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System Postcards From Pluto by LoreenLeedy Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeny Websites: //kids.nineplanets.org/ www.apples4theteacher.com/starwarp2.html www.kidsastronomy.com //solarsystem.nationalgeographic.com/science/space.html Microsoft Worldwide Telescope
ACTIVITIES Now that you have a planet & an alien, choose 6 of the 9 following activities to go with your presentation.
Create a map of your planet. Include a key, compass rose, appropriate color, labels, rivers, and mountains.
Create a post card or brochure that would persuade others to visit your planet. Include a slogan.
Make a Venn diagram comparing your planet to Earth. http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdfvennl.pdf
Choose an occupation for your alien and write a job description.
Student Assessment After your mission is accomplished and all students have presented their project, we can vote whether or not NASA should fund the project or if they need to do further research.
Alien Adventure: Tic-Tac-Toe Rubric Team Names Total Points Earned O= 40 S= 39 - 30 N= 29 – 20 U= 19 - 0 Check off the Tic-Tac-Toe items presented in your product: 6 items = 20 points. 5 items = 15 points. Flag Map of planet Post card/brochure Transportation Diary entry Venn Diagram National Anthem 3-D Model Job description
NCSCOS- possible alignments Science — Grade 3 Goal 3 The learner will make observations and use appropriate technology to build an understanding of the earth/moon/sun system Science — Grade 4 Goal 1 The learner will make observations and conduct investigations to build an understanding of animal behavior and adaptation. Science — Grade 5 Goal 2 The learner will make observations and conduct investigations to build an understanding of landforms. Goal 3 The learner will conduct investigations and use appropriate technology to build an understanding of weather and climate. Language Arts — Grade 3 English Language Arts — Grade 4 English Language Arts — Grade 5 Goal 3 The learner will make connections through the use of oral language, written language, and media and technology.