Anchor Phenomenon Ideas: Engage your students in a debate about Pluto. Is Pluto a planet? Why or why not? Who decides the definition of a planet and does it even matter? This Science News for Kids article provides background information and Neil DeGrasse Tyson shares his opinion in this short video. As the debate continues, record other questions your students generate about our solar system and discuss answers to questions as kids learn more.
Would Earth be here without Jupiter? Take a look at this clip and discuss!
Tips and Tricks: Help students navigate through all of the misinformation online using the three Rs. Practice asking if the information you are reading online is Relevant, Reliable and Reasonable.
Extension Activity: Students are asked to create a map of a sustainable human community on Mars. Encourage kids to think through all the processes involved: How would you get water and food over a long period of time? How would you dispose of waste? How would you get materials to build a house? How could you get oxygen to breathe? To come up with solutions, students will need a good understanding of the environment on Mars as well as a big dose of creativity! This USA Today Article "Could Humans Live on Mars?" can provide some inspiration to begin.