Solar System Adventure

Science Activity

Writing a science fiction story is not only fun, but a great way to learn about science. For this activity, students learn about the solar system and our galaxy from World Wide Web sites and write a science fiction story based on what they discover.

WHAT YOU NEED

WHAT TO DO

  1. Have your students learn about the Solar System by directing them to The Galaxy Page or the Inquirer's Guide To The Universe (see below). Encourage students to download and print helpful information.
    The Galaxy Page
    The Galaxy Page, maintained by the University of Arizona chapter of SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space), hosts a rich, well-organized collection of links to space-related sites. Resources include virtual tours, graphics, and information categorized under The Solar System, Astronomy, Aerospace, and Visions of the Future. Aspiring science fiction writers will find a treasure trove of ideas for future spaceship designs, orbital colonies, and more in the Visions of the Future section.
    Go to The Galaxy Page at www.seds.org.
    An Inquirer's Guide to the Universe
    Explore the outer reaches of space science fact and fiction in An Inquirer's Guide To The Universe, a fascinating interactive exhibit created by the Franklin Institute Science Museum. See the first golf shot on the moon or take a virtual trip to a blackhole via the Guide's Internet resources or investigate the Imaginary Planet Gallery where you can publish your own science fiction story. This site also offers tips for educators on how to use it's resources.
    Go to An Inquirer's Guide To The Universe at www.fi.edu.

  2. Distribute a copy of the story starters to each student. (You may want to add your own or brainstorm some with your students.)

  3. Introduce students to the characteristics of science fiction. Lead a class discussion to be sure students understand the characteristics.

  4. Have students write science fiction stories. If students have access to word processing or page layout software, encourage them to incorporate graphics from The Nine Planets and The Galaxy Page sites.
Story Starters

The Characteristics of Science Fiction

/r


Activity Search | Reading Center | Math Center | Social Studies Center
Education Place | Site Index

You may download, print and make copies of this page for use in your classroom, provided that you include the copyright notice shown below on all such copies.

Copyright © 1997 Houghton Mifflin Company. All Rights Reserved.