Step 1: Pacing Guides - Creating the MSIP Schedule
Step 2: Mars Image Analysis - Learn About the Red Planet
Step 3: Question Mars - Developing the Research Question
Step 4: Proposal - Developing the Research Plan
Step 5: Targeting - Imaging Mars
Step 6: Symposium and Technical Reporting
NEW - NGSS and CCSS Designed and Aligned!
The Question Mars lesson is designed to support novice researchers (your students) in developing a Mars research question about their topic of interest. This lesson has been developed to recognize all scientists/researchers begin with a big question in mind. These questions are typically the nebulous “Why” or “How come” questions. However, scientists/researchers have been completing this process for so long, they naturally move to the next step, which is developing multiple possible answers, or hypotheses to this nebulous question. Question Mars works to help students develop these "working hypotheses" and choose the one the students feel is strongest. Once students have a selected a "working hypothesis" they will then be able to write their research question. With a little bit of help from JMARS, students will be equipped with the tools they need and the limitless possibilities available to research on Mars.
Question Mars Middle School Alignment Document
Question Mars High School Alignment Document
Resources for NGSS Reflections:
Appendix F – Science and Engineering Practices in NGSS
Appendix G – Crosscutting Concepts
Appendix H – Understanding the Scientific Enterprise: The Nature of Science in the Next Generation Science Standards
8.5 x 11 Printable Checksheet
11 x 17 Classroom Checksheet Poster: