Students have estblished a need for terraforming, but they need to be able to commuicate with the appropriate vocabulary will make dialogues between students clear and concise. Vocabulary involved in terraforming will not necessarily be familiar to the students or the teacher.
1. Students must be able to utilize the glossary of a textbook, a dictionary, or word search on the internet.
2. Students must be able to apply vocabulary to the unique situation of terraforming.
The URL listed at the bottom is a very good source to assist you in selecting the words that are important for terraforming. Depending on the amout of time available you may want to provide the vocabulary in a traditonal format. However, if enough time is available have the students look up the words. If you have an information center take the students there and have them utilize a variety of sources to find the vocabulary. If an information center is used additional time may be needed to orientate the students to this facility.
Terraforming - transforming a hostile environemt into one able to sustain human life; this includes a source of oxygen,water, plant life, and correct air pressure and temperature
Asronomical Unit - a measure of a distance within the solar system, equal to the mean distance of the Earth from teh sun, whichis baout 93,000,000 miles
Atmosphere - the gaseous enveloop surrounding a celsetial body
Axis of Rotation - the straight line, real or imaginary, passing througha rotating body and is ithe line about which the body rotates
Albedo - a measure of the ability of a body to reflet light
Alphelion - the point in the orbit of a planet where it is farthest from the sun
Density - the amount of matter in a unit volume of a substance; usually the mass per unit of volume
Diameter -the distance from one side of a body to the other, measured through the center
Mass - the amount of matter in a body which should not be confused with weight. The same object will have a different wieghtsin space and Eatrth but the mass remains constant
Perhelion - the point in the orbit of a planet where it is nearest to the sun
You may need additional vocabulary depending on the background knowledge of your students.
Observation of completed vocabulary lists.
Observation of appropriate use of vocabulary during small and large group discussions.
1. Students will be provided with a list of required terminology and asked to define the words using any of the following: Dictionary, glossary of non-fiction books, and the internet site at the below URL.