Overview: Jupiter's Shrinking Red Spot

Overview
of Star Witness news story: Jupiter's Trademark Red Spot Is Shrinking
Description:
Star Witness news story: Jupiter's Trademark Red Spot Is Shrinking describes Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS) and the changes that are occurring to this most noticeable feature on Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet. The text includes a description of the GRS and astronomers' thoughts on the nature and size of this distinguishing feature.
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Grades: 5-8, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher's discretion
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Teachers can use Star Witness news story: Jupiter's Trademark Red Spot Is Shrinking 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 discuss a related topic such as the giant planets, unique characteristics of planets, or weather in the solar system.

An inquiry tool. You can propose a question to students, such as, "Do you think the planets undergo changes over time?" 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."

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Overview: Jupiter's Shrinking Red Spot