- Learn about meteorites
- Conduct group research
- Work collaboratively on a presentation
- Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
- Chart paper or a whiteboard and markers
- Nonfiction astronomy books or scheduled library time
- Computers for student use
- Small slips of paper, one per student
- Small rocks, one per student
- Posterboard, one sheet per small group
- Markers, colored pencils, or other art materials
Step 1: In Wonderstruck, both Ben and Rose discover the meteorite Ahnighito. Reread the plaque that describes the meteorite on pages 340–341. Ask students what else they know about meteorites. Where do they come from? What are they made of? List students' ideas on chart paper or the whiteboard.
Step 2: Divide the class into small groups. Invite each group to research a famous meteorite, such as the Willamette meteorite, the Hoba meteorite, the Cape York meteorite, or the Ahnighito meteorite. Help groups find information about their meteorites using the web and the school library.
Step 3: Have each group member record one interesting fact about the group's meteorite (such as the meteorite's size, where it was found, and where it is today) on a slip of paper.
Step 4: Have students go outside and collect one small rock each.
Step 5: Help students attach the interesting fact slips to the rocks.
Step 6: Each group should glue its rocks to a posterboard with the heading "Messages From Willamette" (or Cape York, etc.).
Step 7: Ask each group to share their work with the class. Revisit the list you made earlier about meteorites, adding any new information to the chart.