Overview: Icy Traveler Sweeps Past Mars

Overview
of Star Witness news story:
An Icy Traveler Sweeps Past Mars
Description:
Star Witness news story: An Icy Traveler Sweeps Past Mars describes Comet Siding Spring's close encounter with the planet Mars and its visit to our part of the solar system. The story includes information about encounters between comets and other solar-system planets, the anatomy of a comet, and the origins of long- and short-period comets.
Format(s) available: Printer-friendly web page; also, downloadable PDF including story and images
Grades: 5-8, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Star Witness news story: An Icy Traveler Sweeps Past Mars as:

A content reading selection. You can discuss the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary with students prior to having them read the selection.

An engagement activity. You can have students read the selection and then explain what they know about the origin of comets in the solar system.

An inquiry tool. You can propose a question to students, such as "Have you ever seen a comet in the night sky?" Students can then read the selection and record new questions for further research or investigation.

A source of information. You can have students read the selection and participate in a class discussion by using the selection's associated "Discussion Questions."

Related materials

HubbleSite press release: "Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars"

Amazing Space resources by topic: Comets and asteroids



Overview: Icy Traveler Sweeps Past Mars