Overview: Earth: Our Oasis in Space

Overview
of Star Witness news story: Earth: Our Oasis in Space
Description:
Star Witness news story: Earth: Our Oasis in Space compares Earth's weather and geography with the weather and geography on solar-system objects. The text explains how Earth's wild weather, such as hurricanes, and geographical features, like volcanoes, cannot compare to the extreme weather and the rough terrain and giant volcanoes on our solar-system neighbors.
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: Earth: Our Oasis in Space 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 how Earth's weather and geography compare with those on other solar-system objects.

An inquiry tool. You can propose questions to students, such as "Why do you think scientists are interested in the weather and geography on solar-system objects?" Or, "Did you find any similarities between the weather and/or geography on Earth and the weather and/or geography on other solar-system objects?" Students can then read the selection to find the answers 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 Question."

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Overview: Earth: Our Oasis in Space