March 7, 2011

Science World is now offering comprehensive online resources for “Life on Mars" on p. 6.

  • Start your lesson by showing this ANCHOR VIDEO, which will introduce your students to the Red Planet and the history of Mars exploration.

  • Next, read the article, Life on Mars, p. 6, that explores the different technologies needed to colonize Mars. Your entire class can view a DIGITAL VERSION of the article using your interactive whiteboard and computer projector.

  • After reading the story, have students complete the CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING skills sheet. This can be done as a class or individually to test students’ reading comprehension.

  • Finally, wrap up your lesson with this BONUS, ONLINE REPRODUCIBLE that will challenge your students to make and test their own Mars spacesuit gloves.

    Teacher's Edition
    Download this issue's Teacher's Edition here. (Answer keys have been removed.)

    Online-only Skills Pages

  • Life on Mars
  • Space: The Ultimate Vacation Destination
  • It Came From Space
  • Self-Scoring Science News Quiz


    Science News
  • “Caught on Camera”: Great whites are fearsome predators. See them in action here.
  • “This Car Drives Itself”: Check out a thought-provoking cartoon about Google’s self-driving car here.
  • “New CPR Saves Lives”: Performing chest compressions in time to the Black Eyed Peas’ “Hey Mama” sets the right pace for hands-only CPR. Learn more here.
  • “Numbers in the News”: Hear a genetically modified mouse created in Japan that chirps like a bird.

    Life on Mars
  • VIDEO EXTRA: Watch a video about Mars exploration here.
  • Learn more about the research being conducted on Devon Island at the Mars Institute’s Web site.
  • NASA has fun projects, interactive games, and more information about Mars exploration here.

    Space: The Ultimate Vacation Destination
  • VIDEO EXTRA: Learn more about SpaceShipTwo here.
  • PBS’s NOVA has an extensive site that includes information, video clips, and activities on flight and space travel.
  • Explore National Geographic’s interactive Web site about space exploration.

    It Came From Space
  • WEB EXTRA: Learn more about meteorites at the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites at the American Museum of Natural History or by visiting their Web site.
  • The University of New Mexico helps identify the properties of meteorites with a list of characteristics of meteorites and “meteor-wrongs.”
  • Purdue University has an interactive site that calculates what happens when different types of space rocks hit Earth.
  • Check out NASA’s meteorite Web site.

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