NASA's Next Mars Mission: Five Things to Know

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This free digital current event curriculet contains Common Core questions that ask students to provide textual evidence, make interpretations, and explain the author’s purpose. It also contains several images of Mars, a link to the MAVEN website, and links to several other related sources. This short, free online unit contains Common Core aligned questions and answers and an interactive quiz that will support reading comprehension and increase student engagement.

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NASA's Next Mars Mission: Five Things to Know

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.1
What is the mission of the next trip to Mars? 
Mars, the red planet: (This annotation contains an image)
To learn more about the MAVEN, check out this website:  (This annotation contains a link)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.1
What is the difference between an orbiter and a rover? 
Water on Mars exists today almost exclusively as ice, with a small amount present in the atmosphere as vapor. The only place where water ice is visible at the surface is at the north polar ice cap. In the image seen below, the numbers represent how many billion years ago (b.y.a.) water appeared. (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.1
Based on the text, it is clear that there is a link between ___________ and ___________. 
You can access this story by visiting this link. (This annotation contains a link)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.1
What gases are most important for understanding the history of Mars' atmosphere? 
In this image, technicians work on NASA’s next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) at the Kennedy Space Center. 
This is an important fact to take note of. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.6
What is the purpose of the image of the basketball players? 
Take a look at the image below. The next question will ask you for information based on this image.  (This annotation contains an image)
You can view some of the award-winning haiku poems here. (This annotation contains a link)
Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry. Want to try writing one? Visit this page to learn how:  (This annotation contains a link)
Here is this article, from October 4th.  (This annotation contains a link)
MAVEN to Mars Quiz