Purpose To introduce students to earth's moon and the eight planets in our solar system. Context Students likely know some information about the other planets in our solar system as well as about earth’s moon. In this lesson, students will build on this skill as they research one of the other planets in order to determine whether a manned mission to that planet would be feasible. In the process, students will learn about the geology, composition, and orbit of this planet. Students will determine such factors as: what it is like, whether or not it is habitable, and how its orbit affects planning a journey. The lesson commences with a entire class exercise in which students plan a journey to[…]