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James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
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Image of the James Webb Space Telescope

This lithograph features an illustration of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Facts of interest about the image

The James Webb Space Telescope is an infrared telescope, seeing in a wavelength of light difficult to observe from Earth and invisible to the human eye. The telescope’s launch in 2018 will make the invisible visible and will help astronomers answer some of the most pressing questions of astronomy.

Classroom activity

Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text.

Description

The James Webb Space Telescope promises to open up new horizons as we gaze to the edges of the visible universe. This lithograph features an illustration of the Webb telescope and sample galaxy images that highlight anticipated findings. The lithograph text describes the science goals of the telescope and provides a brief synopsis of the telescope’s statistics. A labeled diagram identifies the telescope's science instruments and other important parts. Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity.

 

 

 

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6-12, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher's discretion.
How to use in the classroom

Teachers can use this lithograph as:

An initial source of information for student research. Use the inquiry-based classroom activity "In Search of... the James Webb Space Telescope," which is included with the lithograph, to have students conduct research and create presentations.

An engagement tool in an inquiry-based lesson. Have students study the graphic of the Webb telescope on the front of the lithograph and the diagram on the back. Ask them to write down as many questions as they can about the images. The students' questions can be used in a variety of ways:


  • Ask students to find the answers to their questions by reading the back of the lithograph and/or the related materials listed below.

  • Have students exchange papers so that each student has someone else's questions. Then have them find the answers to their partner's questions by reading the back of the lithograph and/or the related materials listed below.

  • Gather the questions into a list by asking students to volunteer to read their questions while you, the teacher, or a student records them on the board or on an overhead projector transparency. Ask students to raise their hands if they have the same or a similar question. Count the number of hands raised and record this number next to the question. Once all the students' questions have been added to the list, have students search for the answers to their questions in the text on the back of the lithograph. When they complete that task, ask them to decide if each of their questions was answered completely, answered partially, or not answered at all. Go through the original list and place an "A" in front of the questions that were answered completely, a "P" for those that were partially answered, and an "N" for those that were not answered at all. Determine if the most commonly asked questions were also answered completely. Encourage students to do further research to find answers to the unanswered questions.

A content reading tool. Have students read the back of the lithograph, and then write a quiz for the class.

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