As a project of the MAVEN Education and Public Outreach program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! proved to be a very effective way to incorporate science into elementary school literacy activities. The project’s flexible, standards-based curriculum used literacy, art, and creative expression as a vehicle for the topic of Mars exploration. The project offered teacher professional development nationally from 2013 to 2016 and, with a special focus on Spanish-language communities, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! has been translated for use by Spanish language teachers, English as a Second Language teachers, and others.
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
Red Planet: Welcome to the Program!
Lesson 1: A Quick Trip to Mars
Lesson 1 Extension Activity: Atmospheric Pressure on Mars
Lesson 1 Extension Activity: The Gravity on Mars
Lesson 2: Hanging Mars Out to Dry
Lesson 3: Going to Extremes
Lesson 4: Surviving and Thriving on Mars
Lesson 5: Mars in the Future!
Lesson 6: Know-Wonder-Learned