World Builders™
World Builders™
Session One  -- Astronomy  
Session One --  Astronomy

Locating Your Planet Near a Star
Locating Your Planet Near a Star

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Information   Assignment   Homework   Examples 

  In this session you will learn about moons and planets and the types of stars that they orbit.

   You will be making the first decisions about your world.

        • Will it be a cold world?

        • A tropical one?

        • Will it have the same gravity as earth?

        • Will it have a lot of water, or just a little?

        • What sort of atmosphere will it have?

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Information

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   Unit One In Class Assignment

   1. The first thing that you need to do is to form groups
    Building a planet (especially in ten sessions!) is too much work for one person. Your group will need the diverse talents of the individuals in it, so share your areas of interest and strength. Your group should contain two or three individuals. It will be helpful if at least one has computer skills.

   2. Your group will need to decide on

    • who is going to do which pages
    • what your files will be called
    • the structure of your planetary system
    • the names of your planet and its sun (and moon(s))
    • decide on the size, mass, temperature and star type of your sun(s)
    • decide on the masses and orbits of your planets and moons
    • the length of your planet's year and day
    • When your group will meet Dr Viau each week on Yahoo Messenger

   3. What you need to do right away.

    Decide on a time to meet with your group to create the Solar System web page.Sign on to Yahoo messenger and get your account set up.

   Send Dr Viau an email message with your Yahoo Messenger name.

    Your group will work together to do this unit and make the page for it.
    Each person should do these things:

    Read the rubrics for the Solar System page;
    Read the science notes for this page.
    Download and use the Universe Program  (http://www.diardsoftware.com)
    Check out the Helpful Web pages (Links) for this chapter and chose a few images.

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Unit One Homework: Bring to Class in Week Two
  • Each person will make an author's web page.

See Rubric for Home Page made as a web page if you are in EDIT 472     See Rubric for Home Page made with Power Point if you are in the Montessori group.   
Due Week 2.

  • One person will make a Welcome Page for your planet, giving its name, a short introduction, and the names of your crew. 

See Rubric for Welcome Page made as a web page if you are in EDIT 472    
See Rubric for Welcome made with Power Point if you are in the Montessori group.   
Due Week 2.

  • One person will make the icon that represents your planet. 
    See the planet page for ideas
    . Due Week 2.

  • One person will make a Table of Contents for your planet.
    See Rubric for Table of Contents if you are in EDIT 472.

    See Rubric for Table of Contents made with Power Point if you are in the Montessori group.
    Due Week 2

    The group will work together to write Chapter One which is about your solar system. 
    See Rubric for Solar System Page for Web Pages  if you are in EDIT 472. 
    See Rubric for Solar System Page for PowerPoint  if you are in the Montessori group.

    This page will have

              a written description of your solar system
      • a graphic or diagram of your solar system: Use a graphics program or modify a picture from the NASA site, or draw and scan your picture. This will be on your web page
      • a page showing that you have worked out the math for your system. (See Science Notes)
      • See "How to How to Design Your Solar System" for some ideas of how to do this chapter.
        Due Week 3

    Also download and use the Universe Image Creator software to help you.

    Use this group work opportunity to review your web page making, image processing, and email skills.
    You will soon be making pages on your own, and this is a chance to ask questions of your coworkers and be sure that you are up to speed.  Group members should help each other, but each of you is responsible for your own learning and class products,  Work together on this assignment, and use it to prepare for new adventures!

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                            Planets that are Examples for You to Look At

  Loki

is a planet designed by a group of World Builders at Montana State University in the spring of 1993. They have agreed to share their planet with you. Some material has been added to give you a sense of how to work with your planet.

  Shalimar is a planet that I have built for you. It shows you

one way to organize your information

examples of what kind of diagrams, pictures, etc. will form the framework of your planetary narrative.


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