This is a lesson about generating hypotheses and testable questions. Learners will use critical thinking and a collaborative approach to pose questions related to the study of Mars and evaluate the quality of their questions. They will explore remote-sensing data collected by a camera orbiting Mars - the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) and develop a team science question. Students will practice critical thinking skills, use a collaborative approach to this first critical step of the scientific process. Exploring the images of the surface of Mars in Visible (VIS) images, students will come up with a topic of study, their team science question and hypotheses. The lesson models scientific inquiry using the 5E instructional model and includes teacher notes and vocabulary.


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    Space Science,Middle School,NSDL,Upper Elementary,Planetary Science,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,High School,Grade 5,Earth and space science:Solar system:Planetary geology,The nature of science:The scientific process,Elementary School,Space science,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Mars Exploration Program,History/Policy/Law,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407124057964T,NSTA2013,History of science



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