Overview: Birthday Wishes for Hubble

Overview
of Star Witness news story:
Birthday Wishes for Hubble
Description:
Star Witness news story: Birthday Wishes for Hubble celebrates the 17th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. The anniversary image of the Carina Nebula is described and Hubble’s most significant scientific discoveries are identified.
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: Birthday Wishes for Hubble 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 Hubble Space Telescope mission.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "What have scientists discovered as a result of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch 17 years ago?” Have students read the selection and write down questions they would like answered as a result of the reading.

A source of information. 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.

Related materials

HubbleSite press release: The Carina Nebula: Star Birth in the Extreme



Overview: Birthday Wishes for Hubble