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

Overview
of Star Witness news story: The James Webb Space Telescope: A Vision for the Future
Description:
Star Witness news story: The James Webb Space Telescope: A Vision for the Future describes the future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which NASA plans to launch later this decade. The story includes details of the telescope's mirror, sunshield, and location in space. The text also explains that JWST will observe objects in infrared light. JWST will help astronomers search for answers to such questions as "How and when did galaxies form?"; "How do stars and planetary systems form?"; and "Is there life on other planets?"
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: A Vision for the Future 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 what they learned about the James Webb Space Telescope.

An inquiry tool. You can have students read the selection and participate in a class discussion by using the selection's associated "Discussion Questions."

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."

Related materials

HubbleSite: "The James Webb Space Telescope"



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