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The 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 the near future 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

This lithograph features an illustration and overview of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Webb is an infrared telescope, seeing in a wavelength of light difficult to observe from Earth and invisible to the human eye. The telescope’s infrared vision will make the invisible visible and will help astronomers answer some of the most pressing questions of astronomy. The lithograph PDF includes 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 engagement tool in an inquiry-based lesson. Have students study the images on the lithograph. Ask them to write down any questions they have about the images. When the students are finished, their questions can be used in a variety of ways:


  • Ask students to find the answers to their questions by reading the text on 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 the other students' questions by reading the text on 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 or another student records them. 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 whether 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 text on the lithograph and then write a quiz for the class.

A component in a compare/contrast activity. Have student compare the James Webb Space Telescope with the Hubble Space Telescope. A T-chart or Venn diagram would be a good organizational tool to use for this activity. Students can use the graphic organizer listed below in the "Related materials" section at a tool.

Related materials