Overview: No Spring Picnic on Neptune

Overview
of Star Witness news story: No Spring Picnic on Neptune
Description:
Star Witness news story: No Spring Picnic on Neptune details the change of seasons on the planet Neptune. This information can be used to introduce the idea that other planets experience seasons, for the same reason that Earth does. This selection is an adaptation of the HubbleSite press release: Brighter Neptune Suggests a Planetary Change of Seasons.
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: No Spring Picnic on Neptune 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 how technology helped astronomers make and understand the observations.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "Do other planets experience seasons as Earth does?" 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: Brighter Neptune Suggests a Planetary Change of Seasons



Overview: No Spring Picnic on Neptune