Living in the Solar SystemSTEP Participant home page
7 (9) Earth and space. The student knows components of our solar system. The student is expected to:
(A) analyze the characteristics of objects in our solar system that allow life to exist such as the proximity of the Sun, presence of water, and composition of the atmosphere; and
(B) identify the accommodations, considering the characteristics of our solar system, that enabled manned space exploration.
6 (11) Earth and space. The student understands the organization of our solar system and the relationships among the various bodies that comprise it. The student is expected to:
(A) describe the physical properties, locations, and movements of the Sun, planets, Galilean moons, meteors, asteroids, and comets;
(C) describe the history and future of space exploration, including the types of equipment and transportation needed for space travel.
Astrobiology: characteristics that allow life to exist:
Sorting the Solar System
Students explore some of the different objects in the Solar System and create their own categories for them. They then have a discussion about what categories scientists currently assign to each object.
What Makes a World Habitable
Students examine cards with information about different objects in the Solar System and determine whether conditions exist for life.
Looking for Life/ Is it Alive
Students examine three different “soil samples” to determine which has evidence of life.
Space Exploration: accommodations that enable human space exploration
- Some Astrobiology Websites
- Some Astrobiology presentations
- Notes from STEP discussions, including Meredith’s song about life