California Earth Science Standards: Earth's Place in the Universe (1a) Investigation and Experimentation (1m)
Text of Learning Exercise:
Students will be placed in a group of four (4). Each group will choose a topic to research: a planet, comets, asteroids, Sun, or meteorites.
Task of each group memeber: A) Geologist: 1. Describe and explain the geologic features found. 2. Describe and explain the atmospheric conditions. 3. Can life be supported? Why or why not? B) Astronomer: 1. Location of the object in the Solar System. 2. Describe the rate of revolution; rate of rotation; surface temperature; orbital shape; number of satellites; mass; composition. 3. Explain the significance of your discovery. C) Statistical Analyst: 1. Create data tables and/or graphs of the information you obtain. 2. Explain your results to your politician. 3. What additional information should you consider? D) Politician: 1. Should you fund additional research? Explain, why or why not? 2. Discuss the funding of this project.