Overview: The James Webb Space Telescope: A Vision for the Future

Overview
of Star Witness news story: The James Webb Space Telescope: Science on the Edge
Description:
Star Witness news story: The James Webb Space Telescope: Science on the Edge describes the science objectives for the future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which NASA plans to launch later this decade. The text explains how JWST will observe celestial objects in infrared light, and help astronomers study early stars and galaxies, star formation, and objects that are not observable in visible light.
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: The James Webb Space Telescope: Science on the Edge 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 explain how JWST will extend Hubble Space Telescope discoveries.

An inquiry tool. You can propose questions to students, such as, "Why do you think infrared light is important for studying the universe?" Or, "What types of new discoveries do you think the James Webb Space Telescope will make?" Students can then read the selection to find the answers 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: The James Webb Space Telescope: A Vision for the Future