Overview: New Horizons A Pluto-bound Spacecraft Gets a Boost From Jupiter

Overview
of Star Witness news story: New Horizons — A Pluto-bound Spacecraft Gets a Boost From Jupiter
Description:
Star Witness news story: New Horizons — A Pluto-bound Spacecraft Gets a Boost From Jupiter documents the New Horizons spacecraft’s fly-by of the solar system’s largest planet. In addition to snapping pictures of Jupiter and its moons, the spacecraft picks up extra speed from Jupiter’s gravity on its nine-year journey to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.
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: New Horizons — A Pluto-bound Spacecraft Gets a Boost From Jupiter as:

A content reading selection. Teachers should discuss the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary prior to having students read this selection.

An engagement activity. Have students read the selection. Ask them to explain what they have learned about the New Horizons mission.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "Why do you think scientists want to send a spacecraft to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt?" Have students read the selection and write down questions they would like answered as a result of the reading.

A source of information for class discussion. Have students read the selection. Conduct a class discussion using the questions associated with the reading to clarify student understanding and expand on the information provided.

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Overview: New Horizons A Pluto-bound Spacecraft Gets a Boost From Jupiter