Your task is to design and report on a space alien best adapted to the “living conditions” on one of the planets or moons of the solar system with atmosphere – but not Earth. Your team will prepare a single written report. It must include the following information:
A sample written report is available.
Each team also must make an oral report to the whole class after the written report is completed, showing their design for a space alien. The oral report must include information about the planet or moon, as well as explain the adaptations of the space alien to its environment.
Special rubrics will be used to score the written and oral reports. Your work as a team member will also be scored. Look at the assessments before beginning work so you know what will be expected of you.
You can use Internet search engines such as Google to find all sorts information useful for your Design a Space Alien. Nonetheless, the following resources will be most useful in meeting your needs for information:
Adaptation of the Senses :
There are a number of free online encyclopedias that can be used to obtain general information about various topics. Check out any of the following for general information; use Google or another search engine to find more specific information about the Design a Space Alien area as needed:
Astronomy and Space Exploration Gallery - Pick your destination!! Where would you like to go or what would you like to see?
Astronomy for Kids - This is a great site for elementary students.
Exploring Planets in the Classroom - More than 25 hands-on science activities for teachers and students.
KidsAstronomy.com - Includes information about space and the solar system. Also fun and games here!
Solar System Guide - Non-technical overview of the Solar System.
The Sky - All of these links are wonderful---Don't miss a single one of them!!
The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System - Includes links to about 90 WWW "pages", one page for each major body in the Solar System.
The Solar System - Level 1 - Don't forget to click on all the links for additional information. Awesome site!!! (K-2)
The Solar System - Level 2 - Click on all the links! Cooool!! (3-5)
The Universe - Level 1 - You don't need a textbook here! (K-2)
The Universe - Level 2 - Great Site! (3-5)
Views of the Solar System - Views of the Solar System presents a vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more.
Welcome to the Planets - This is a collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program.
Windows to the Universe - Any and everything you want to learn about the solar system/space, and more!!! Great site.
Wonders of Space - Don't miss this site - Many things to do here!
Zoom Astronomy - Zoom Astronomy is a comprehensive online site about space and astronomy. It is designed for people of all ages and levels of comprehension.