Process

Day 1:   Researching your planet

 Information you must collect about your planet:

1. The distance from the sun
2. The mass/volume of the plant
3. The length of its year.

 Information you may want to collect about your planet:

1. The number of moons it has
2. The planets average temperature
3. What the surface is composed of
4. Facts and details about its atmosphere
5. How long it takes NASA missions to travel to your planet. 

 

Research Websites:

http://www.nineplanets.org/

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/planets/

http://www.nasm.si.edu/etp/ 

http://www.dustbunny.com/afk/planets/ 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem/3d_tour.shtml 

The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System.  Loads of information on each planet.
http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/billa/tnp/nineplanets.html  A good place to also find the Mythology connection to the planets. 

Solar System Exploration.  From NASA, lots of facts on each planet. 
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/index.cfm

Exploring the planets:  Our Solar System.  This is a good source for discoverer information, as well as factual information.   http://www.nasm.si.edu/ceps/etp/ss/

Planetary Fact sheets.  Lots of hard details, for those who are REAALLY into the hard science of Astronomy.   http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/planetfact.html 

Probes and Fly-by Spacecraft. A short list from NASA of early planetary probes. 
http://www.nasm.si.edu/ceps/etp/tools/tools_probes.html 

Planetary Science Spacecraft.  A comprehensive list of planetary probes. 
http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/nineplanets/nineplanets/spacecraft.html

Planetary Missions (NASA).    A very comprehensive list of past, present and future planetary missions.  Contains detailed information.  http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/projects.html 

What's in a Name on the Planets?  The vocabulary of planetary exploration. 
http://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/planets/whatname.htm
 

Images on the web: 
Go to www.Google.com or www.Alvavista.com and do an image search on your planet. 

NASA Welcome to the planets.  A good source for high quality images from satellite fly-bys. http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/planets/

Planatary Mythology:
Windows to the Universe: Mythology.   Planetary mythology.
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/mythology/mythology.html

The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System.  Loads of information on each planet.
http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/billa/tnp/nineplanets.html  A good place to also find the Mythology connection to the planets.

 

Day 2 Creating Your Slideshow

 You will be organizing your information into a slideshow. You must have the following components.

You will need a minimum of seven slides.

    A. The first slide needs to be a title page stating your planet, group members, and a picture of the planet.

    B. You need at least five slides of facts about your planet.

    C. Your last slide needs to be a bibliography (or credits page).

  
You may include the following information:

      A. number of moons your planet has in its orbit

      B. average temperature on your planet

     C. what the surface of your planet is composed of

      D. how long it takes a NASA mission to arrive at your planet 

Day 3 Creating Your Own Planet

You will be creating your imaginary planet with paper plates. You will first need to color the plates and be creative. I will then show you how to construct your planet.

You will need to include information about your planet including:

You will include this information directly on your planet - written on the paper plate that you will be using to construct the planet. 

 

 

Day 4 and 5 Presenting Your Work

You will be presenting your slideshow as well as your created planet to the class. Each member of the group must talk. Please speak loudly and clearly. Watch your spelling. Your grade will reflect misspelled words.

As an audience member you will be required to take notes during the presentation. The teacher will supply you with a sheet to organize facts you learned from each presentation.