Mars, Curiosity, NASA, SpaceX, Webb and Spitzer, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Phobos Grunt, Shenzhou 8--do you recognize what each of these is? If you can, then you may be on your way to being a space geek; if you can't, then you are in for the ride of your life!
For this project, students will be exploring what is going on in the space industry and which countries and people are involved in these latest adventures. The project can go hand-in-hand with reading of Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles."
The goal is for students to learn all about NASA as well as the countries and companies involved in space exploration so they will have a bank of knowledge to draw from for future projects and activities. The academic goal is for students to begin learning how to conduct legitimate research and to hone their writing skills, with an ultimate product of an Annotated Bibliography, an expository essay, and a persuasive essay.
The project contains five components: Exploring (researching), Sharing, Synthesizing, and Documenting. This project is easily adapted for grades 7-12. You can take out or leave as many of the components as you deem appropriate for your grade level and purpose. It does not have to be used in conjunction with the study of "The Martian Chronicles." NOTE: I have a PowerPoint that I use to introduce this lesson to my students; however, since I don't know how to attach both a PP and a Word document, I posted the PP, under the same name as the project, for free.