Overview: Closing in on Saturn's Rings

Overview
of Star Witness news story: Closing in on Saturn's Rings
Description:
Star Witness news story: Closing in on Saturn's Rings details the unusually bright ring-system around the planet Saturn. This information can be used to introduce the idea of Saturn's ring system and our efforts to understand it. This selection is an adaptation of the HubbleSite press release: Saturn Seen from Far and Near.
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: Closing in on Saturn's Rings 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 understand Saturn's ring system.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "What have astronomers learned by studying Saturn's ring system with a telescope?" 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: Saturn Seen from Far and Near



Overview: Closing in on Saturn's Rings