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Author: Kevin BealsJohn EricksonCary Ivan SneiderSearch for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Study group : U.S.)Lawrence Hall of Science.All authors
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Lawrence Hall of Science, Univ. of California at Berkeley, ©2000.
Series: Great explorations in math and science.
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Building on collaborative work between SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute and the Lawrence Hall of Science, Messages from Space takes advantage of our fascination with extraterrestrial to catalyze study of the solar system and beyond. The activities create an exciting context for students to engage in creative learning, gaining a great deal of astronomical knowledge. The unit begins when  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Beals; John Erickson; Cary Ivan Sneider; Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Study group : U.S.); Lawrence Hall of Science.; GEMS (Project)
ISBN: 092488617X 9780924886171
OCLC Number: 44559746
Notes: "LHS GEMS."
Target Audience: Grades 5-8.
Description: x, 182 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Time frame --
Activity 1 : message from space --
Activity 2 : somewhere in the Milky Way : star types and lifezones --
Activity 3 : our neighborhood in the Milky Way : the solar system --
Activity 4 : dear extraterrestrials --
Activity 5 : making a planetary system --
Activity 6 : science fiction stories --
Behind the scenes --
Resources --
Assessment suggestions --
Literature connections --
Summary outlines.
Series Title: Great explorations in math and science.
Other Titles: Solar system and beyond
Responsibility: by Kevin Beals, John Erickson, and Cary Sneider.

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Building on collaborative work between SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute and the Lawrence Hall of Science, Messages from Space takes advantage of our fascination with extraterrestrial to catalyze study of the solar system and beyond. The activities create an exciting context for students to engage in creative learning, gaining a great deal of astronomical knowledge. The unit begins when students attempt to decode a fictitious message from outer space. Imagining that they are SEIT scientists, students begin to analyze, where, in the solar system and beyond, there may be conditions favorable for life. They investigate how our solar system and other planetary systems may have formed, and consider how what we know about the solar system and other planetary systems fits into a bigger picture of the universe. Throughout, students consider whether life could exist "out there" and, if so, how we might communicate with those life forms. Students also gain valuable experience distinguishing science fact from sensationalized fiction.

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