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

  • Earth Science
    • Astronomy

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • create a good scientific argument in the context of climate

Teaching Approach

  • Inquiry-based learning

Teaching Methods

  • Self-directed learning
  • Self-paced learning
  • Writing

Skills Summary

This activity targets the following skills:

  • Critical Thinking Skills
    • Creating

What You’ll Need

Materials You Provide

  • Computers with Internet connection

Required Technology

  • Internet Access: Required

Background Information

Prior Knowledge

  • None

Recommended Prior Activities

  • None

Vocabulary

claim
Verb

to state as the truth.

diameter
Noun

width of a circle.

Noun

our planet, the third from the Sun. The Earth is the only place in the known universe that supports life.

evidence
Noun

data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.

Mars
Noun

fourth planet from the sun, between Earth and Jupiter.

Noun

large, spherical celestial body that regularly rotates around a star.

solar system
Noun

the sun and the planets, asteroids, comets, and other bodies that orbit around it.

star
Noun

large ball of gas and plasma that radiates energy through nuclear fusion, such as the sun.

Venus
Noun

planet in the solar system, second from the sun.

Partner

Funder

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1220756. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.