Life in Our Solar System
7.9 A Students will analyze the characteristics of objects in our solar system that allow life to exist such as proximity to the Sun, presence of water, and composition of the atmosphere.
7.9B Students will identify the accommodations, considering the characteristics of our solar system, that enable manned space exploration.
No life has been discovered outside our planet although organic molecules have been discovered in space
Scientists use a variety of tools, equipment, and transportation methods to study space.
Living in space for long periods of time requires precautions against the long-term effects of microgravity and low pressure.
Difference in pressure, temperature, atmosphere and gravity must be accounted for in order for manned space exploration to occur.
Key Vocabulary (122-135 in journal)
atmosphere solar system comet asteroid
meteoroid organic astrobiology gravitational pull
rocket space probe space shuttle slingshot effect
Sir Isaac Newton artificial satellite
1. Watch movie Apollo 13 - Discuss all the accommodations that are made for the astronauts including how they sleep, eat, go to the restroom, have their body systems monitored etc.
2. Students will write vocabulary terms in the science journals.
3. Students will make unit cover page in journal.
1. Read Section 7.1 Life in the Solar System (textbook)
2. Review the planets in our solar system. Discuss definition of a solar system. Add sheet to journal and color. Add notes to journal.
3. Read 7.2 Human Space Travel
4. Watch PowerPoint Things to Consider When Leaving Earth
5. Discuss the conditions that make life possible on Earth. Discuss the possibility of life on other planets.
6. Add Journal Notes
Students will take Unit 5 Test