by Ashley Addis
Modified by Dorothy Hunt, MacMillan International
In this quest the students us a data chart to learn basic facts about each planet. (Distance from sun, size, composition, color, moons, rings, temperature, climate, rotation) They will also discover where the planet's name originated and find a story that goes with the god/goddess the planet is named after. After researching, the students will share their knowledge through an oral presentation, 3D model, powerpoint, photostory3, or drama presentation.
"You are an official NASA astronaut ready to lanch into outer space. Your mission: to discover fascinating information about all of the planets of our solar system. For example, which plantet spins backwards compared to the others. Which one is so light it could float in a bathtub if we could find one big enough? What would be your age and weight on Mars? I bet you think Pluto is the farthest planet from the sun...not always! Find out all of this crucial informtion and more about the planets and report back to mission control in Houston with all your discoverries. We here on earth are counting on you...enjoy your mission...ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one....."