Tell students that Activity 1 (Constructing an Argument) of the lesson Is There Live in Space? introduces the structure of the scientific argumentation they will be asked to do in the rest of the lesson. Tell students that Activity 1 will give them practice with analyzing a data set and making a good scientific argument from the evidence. Encourage students to review the questions and example best answers provided in Activity 1 before starting on the current activity.
Subjects & Disciplines
- create a good scientific argument in the context of climate
- Inquiry-based learning
- Self-directed learning
- Self-paced learning
This activity targets the following skills:
Critical Thinking Skills
- Earth Science
What You’ll Need
Materials You Provide
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
Recommended Prior Activities
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry claim Verb
to state as the truth.
width of a circle.
our planet, the third from the Sun. The Earth is the only place in the known universe that supports life.
Encyclopedic Entry: Earth evidence Noun
data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.
fourth planet from the sun, between Earth and Jupiter.
large, spherical celestial body that regularly rotates around a star.
Encyclopedic Entry: planet solar system Noun
the sun and the planets, asteroids, comets, and other bodies that orbit around it.
large ball of gas and plasma that radiates energy through nuclear fusion, such as the sun.
planet in the solar system, second from the sun.