This lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS):
"STANDARDS 8 and; 9 - The Universe and Practices of Science.
The competent science teacher understands and applies accepted practices and implications of science in contemporary and historical contexts.
8B. understands the properties and dynamics of objects external to the solar system.
8G. demonstrates the ability to use instruments or to explain functions of the technologies and tools used in the study of the space sciences.
9A. understands that the nature of science is a human endeavor characterized as tentative, public, replicable, probabilistic, historic, unique, holistic and empirical"
Student guided notes for the third PowerPoint lesson in the unit on "Exploring Space." The lesson explains the present-day space missions and what is planned for the future.
PowerPoint lessons contain many graphics and two links to short videos to further student understanding.
PowerPoint slides also contain notes for the instructor based on students most "frequently asked questions" or FAQ's to help clarify the subject.
A class activity is included at the end of each lesson.
* All PowerPoint lessons; ActivInspire programs; student note sheets/activities and assessments for this unit can be found under the "Earth/Space Complete Unit XI Exploring Space" zip file folder.
Terms/concepts in this lesson include:
International Space Station (ISS)
Mars soil sample return