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Mars and Earth: Science Learning Activities for Afterschool DLESE Reviewed Collection
This educator's guide consists of nine sequential activities for younger students, in which they acquire content knowledge and conduct investigations to compare and contrast Mars and Earth. They will begin by examining images of the two planets, learn about the instruments used to make them, and use the knowledge they have gained by examining images of Earth to begin analyzing images of Mars. The students will then test the ideas they have developed in a series of experiments in which they attempt to recreate features that might have been caused by wind, flowing water, or the impact of a falling object. In the final activities, they will use a variety of resources to find out what is known about Mars, hold a science "conference" to share this information, and apply what they have learned about Earth and Mars by selecting a planet as the subject of an imaginary "voyage" to be described by creating comic strips about it.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • Informal
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
NASA still images, audio files and video generally are not copyrighted. You may use NASA imagery, video and audio material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits and Internet Web pages. This general permission extends to personal Web pages. This general permission does not extend to use of the NASA insignia logo (the blue "meatball" insignia), the retired NASA logotype (the red "worm" logo) and the NASA seal. These images may not be used by persons who are not NASA employees or on products (including Web pages) that are not NASA sponsored.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-346
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)