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Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!

MAVEN Read Write Explore Students at computers

Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! will bring the excitement of Mars science to elementary school teachers across the country through standards-based, creative, interdisciplinary curriculum. (Courtesy ASU)

Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! incorporates science into elementary school literacy activities. The project’s flexible, standards-based curriculum uses literacy, art, and creative expression as a vehicle for the topic of Mars exploration. This project has been offering teacher professional development nationally beginning in 2013. The project has a special focus on Spanish-language communities and will be translated for use by Spanish language teachers, English as a Second Language teachers, and others.

For more information about the project, or if you are a teacher seeking to add your name to our professional development distribution list, please email with “Red Planet inquiry” in the subject line.

Upcoming Workshops

Durango, Colorado, September 12, 2015, information and registration coming soon!

Portland, Oregon, September 19, 2015, information and registration coming soon!

Red Planet lessons

Please click the links below to access PDF files of the full Red Planet lessons and their corresponding student activity handouts.

Download entire Red Planet program

English | Spanish

Red Planet: Welcome to the Program!

Introduction and recommended reading

Lesson 1: A Quick Trip to Mars

Teacher Instructions | Student Pages

Lesson 1 Extension Activity: Atmospheric Pressure on Mars

Teacher Instructions

Lesson 1 Extension Activity: The Gravity on Mars

Teacher Instructions

Lesson 2: Hanging Mars Out to Dry

Teacher Instructions | Student Pages | Student Supplemental Reading

Lesson 3: Going to Extremes

Teacher Instructions | Student Pages | Behold the Mighty Water Bear (Science Friday video)

Lesson 4: Surviving and Thriving on Mars

Teacher Instructions | Student Pages

Lesson 5: Mars in the Future!

Teacher Instructions | Student Pages

Lesson 6: Know-Wonder-Learned

Teacher Instructions | Student Pages