This lithograph features an illustration of the James Webb Space Telescope.
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.
Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text.
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.
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:
A content reading tool. Have students read the back of the lithograph, and then write a quiz for the class.
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