Process

Section 1 Process - Organization

1.  It's time to begin but before you start surfing your way through the universe, take a few minutes to organize your materials and make a nice safe place for your data. 

2.  Open WORD and save your document (even though it's blank right now) under the W drive and Speck and then with you and your partners last names and the planet you will be visiting.  It might look like Smith-Jones Saturn.  Please take turns with your partner adding, copying, typing and finally making each slide.  Remember, it's no fun to sit and watch!

3.  Now add a heading to the first page - PLANET FACTS ( you will copy facts about your planet here - temperature, life forms, number of moons, days in a year etc.) and press the CTL and ENTER to get to a new page in the same document.  On page two add the heading POSITION AND TIME (you'll want to note this planets position in the universe and the time it would take to travel there) and press the CTL and ENTER to get to a new page in the same document again. On the third page place a heading HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP ( here you will make note of lots of things, phenomena, sights,-- Will you pass through an asteroid belt?  Will you see the rings of Saturn?  Might you see Hally's Comet?  What time of year would it have to be to see that?  Will you pass the moon?  What phase will it be in?  Come on give me details! Sell me this trip!!!      Lastly, add a page that will contain the details about the spacecraft you would have to use to make this trip - NASA has sent many missions into space, so they really know about space craft. Don't forget to include the NAME of the scientist who has already researched the planet or engineered the spacecraft.  You might even add the things you would need to bring with you  - as you think of them.

Use this link to see what a travel site does to entice you, the traveler  - Travel New Zeland

Ready to surf?  BLAST OFF!           



 

Section 2 Process

Ready?   SET?  BLAST OFF!

Please take a look at the overview of the planets and see what data you can glean. Then go to your planet in particular to find the data needed to make your travelogue. At the end of the planet list are a few more sites to surf!

Every time you decide upon data to copy to the WORD document, discuss the pros and the cons of the the addition of this data - BUILD CONSENSUS .  It will be better to have too much at this point rather than too little.

PLANET OVERVIEWS

Overview from Nine Planets.org

YOUR SOLAR SYSTEM - NASA   

 NASA TECHNOLOGY

NASA MISSIONS TO ALL AREAS BY A-Z TOPIC

CURRENT NASA MISSIONS

PLANET SPECIFICS

THE SUN

MERCURY

VENUS

EARTH

MARS

JUPITER

SATURN

URANUS

NEPTUNE

PLUTO

GREAT DATA FOR EXPLORERS

Kepler Spacecraft Mission to find Inhabitable Plants in Other Galaxies

Cassini Mission to Saturn

Hubble's Top 10

GREAT SEARCH ENGINE

YOUR WEIGHT ON OTHER WORLDS

Look under "Procedure" for time/Distance to Planets

BEST PLANET IMAGES FOR POWER POINT

Views of Earth from Space

Section 3 Process

POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS

1.  Using the example sheet for making Power Point Presentations, begin to assemble your travelogue.

2.  Decide on a "best sequence" for your presentation, remember, you are the traveling trekkie trying to persuade us to take YOUR trip! (Use your powers of persuasion in your wording! Forming A Persuasive Argument)

3.  Once you are happy with the wording in your presentation, SAVE IT!  (SAVE OFTEN)  Now, get together on the images you want to see on each page.  Be careful - too many pictures will be too busy - choose wisely.  Here are a few pointers for choosing an image. Choosing an Image         We will be presenting these within two weeks of starting this project.

4. Live long and prosper young argonauts!