This lesson begins to cover the possibility of life beyond our own planet. It begins by going over how life forms on Earth can endure extreme conditions such as the ocean's pressure, boiling hot springs, and deep caverns with no sunlight. This lesson also discusses different planets and moons that could potentially hold or once held life such as Mars, Europa, Enceladus, Titan, Ganymede, and Castillo. The worksheet follows along with the power point presentation to keep students engaged. The persuasive writing has students pick a location and persuade a committee why a mission should be planned to that location instead of any of the other listed.
All files can be found within the zip file. The worksheet, writing prompt, and answer key are within the same word document.
Common Core Explanations
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1- While completing the worksheets the students will be prompted to cite text from the presentation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2- A summary of the lesson is included at the end of presentation. Students are asked questions about the lesson and worksheets.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3- Students are asked to follow a procedure while completing the worksheet.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6.8.4- Diagrams are included with the presentation and the worksheet that is included will ask about symbols and items within the diagram.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7- In order for students to complete the worksheet or activity they must be able to verbally and visually understand quantitative or technical information expressed in the presentation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.9 – Students will be asked to compare information given in the presentation and information given on the worksheet to verify it or prove it wrong.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.10 – Students should be able to read and comprehend the text given to them in the power point presentation, worksheet, and activity.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4 – Students should be able to determine the general meaning and vocabulary words in the relevant text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7- Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to quickly locate answers to questions on the worksheet while the power point is being presented