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A fun, engaging science unit for big(ger) kids!
In this unit, you’ll have your students believing they’ve been recruited by NASA as Junior Astronauts to do some work for future Mars colonization!
In the unit you'll find 5 task and a pre-assessment that make up the entire mission. Each task has a task brief and most of the materials students need to conduct the experiment or complete the project. The end goal is for students to design a model greenhouse that could be used by NASA to design a greenhouse that could be tested on Mars.
The mission starts with a letter from NASA inviting the students to participate in their junior astronauts program. It explains to them about NASA's future goals to colonize Mars and introduces the mission to them. The students are split into groups, complete a brief pre-assessment, and are on their way!
Task 1: What is soil composed of?
Task 2: The properties of soil
Task 3: Testing plants and how they grow in different environments
Task 4: The Plant Life Cycle
Task 5: Plant parts and their function
Task 6: Design a Model Greenhouse
Also included are 3 reading passages to teach students about the components of soil, plant needs, and the plant life cycle.
This unit is perfect for students in grades 3-5 and will get them engaged in different hands on experiments as well as fun projects to get them learning about plants and soil!
I've included teacher briefs as well, including pictures, to make this unit easier for you to implement.
**Please note that you do need to purchase some materials for this unit including lots of cups and some seeds. You will also need to collect 2 liter bottles for greenhouse designs. Download the preview to check out the list of materials you'll need.