Seeing into the moon
Students will answer questions about the Science News article “Rover peers beneath moon’s farside,” which details new geologic evidence that could help scientists understand why the lunar nearside and farside look so different.
Students will explore the value of diagrams, what information they should include and how to draw them. This discussion can be used with any science- or engineering-related article that contains a diagram.
Geologist for a day
Rocks found across the world offer clues to geological processes, as well as the history of Earth and the rest of the solar system. In this activity, students will review types of rocks and the rock cycle and will apply that knowledge to interpret data on two rock samples.
Ten top science stories from 2019
Students will answer questions about one of Science News’ Top 10 stories of 2019.
Students will practice analyzing and graphing data about the moon’s orbit. The activity will help students understand the Earth-moon system and the nature of elliptical orbits.
How are elements created?
Students will explore how elements are created — in nature and in the lab — while focusing on the concepts of atomic structure, stability and stellar evolution.
Stellar smashup creates elements
Students will answer questions based on the Science News article “Strontium found in neutron star crash.”
A Nobel timeline in tweets
Students will track the scientific progress associated with a discovery or advance that was awarded a Nobel Prize by creating a timeline of key events and players.
And the Nobel science prizes go to…
Students will answer questions based on the Science News article “Nobel Prize winners announced.”
Measure the universe
These discussion prompts help students think about the scale of the solar system and universe, and how scientists study phenomena that are hard to reach in space or very distant in time.
Rethinking space dust origins
Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Kuiper belt dust may be sprinkled in our atmosphere."
Asking for directions on Mars
Students will learn how to use an interactive online map of Mars and will identify features and make generalizations about Martian geography.