Lesson plan

Day 5: "U.S. Spacecraft Orbits Mars To Check Out The Red Planet's Atmosphere"

teaches Common Core State Standards RI.4.8 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/4/8
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.4.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/4/7
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.4.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/4/6
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.4.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/4/5
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.4.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/4/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.4.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/4/3
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.4.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/4/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.4.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/4/1

Day 5: "U.S. Spacecraft Orbits Mars To Check Out The Red Planet's Atmosphere"

After reading the NewsELA article "U.S. Spacecraft Orbits Mars to Check out the Red Planet's Atmosphere," explain how MAVEN's mission to Mars will help scientists determine whether there was ever life on Mars and if life can be sustained again in the future. To support your answer, discuss how the atmosphere supports life on a planet. Give two or more details from the text to support your explanation. Students should be encouraged to use their notes from the previous days' work and discussion to aid them in generating a complete answer. This series of close reading lesson plans was created by a member of the 2015 Delaware Dream Team. Special Materials: Students will need a copy of the anchor text. Students will need copy of all of TDQs and answers from previous days' readings.