Our fifth graders have been learning about space in their unit called "Welcome to Earth." As a final cumulative project, students demonstrated an application of what they learned by choosing one of the planets and researching it. They were then asked to create a 3D model of an alien that could live on that planet. They also created a passport for their alien’s journey to Earth. This included information like atmosphere, temperature, environment, distance from the sun and other facts about their planet and the alien. They even calculated their alien’s age and weight on their home planet as well as on Earth.
After completion of this project, a “Welcome to Earth" celebration was held where the aliens came to school, brought their passports, and shared information about themselves. They even had their passports stamped; after all, aliens visiting from outer space must have the proper documents!