This week we will merge social studies and science, as the students begin their Mars colonization projects. The students will use their prior knowledge of the colonization process, combined with their knowledge of the harsh Mars environment, to create a community on the red planet that can sustain human life. The students must consider critical factors such as food, water, oxygen, and protection from dangers like dust storms, radiation, and extreme weather conditions. The students will also create recreational/entertainment options that utilize the natural resources of Mars. These include ideas like zip lining as a practical and exciting way to cross deep canyons, or skiing on the frosty, dusty surface of Mars.
After the students plan their community on Mars, they may choose to create a book, detailed poster/map, travel guide, or 3-D model to showcase their ideas. We will be collecting various items such as empty cereal boxes, egg cartons, shirt boxes, clear plastic cups, 2-liter bottles, water bottles, plastic lids, coffee cans, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, card board, rocks, pebbles, marbles, small toy people, etc.The students may use these recycled materials for their model. If you have any of these items at home and no longer need them, please begin sending them to your child’s school as soon as possible.