- Recommended Grade Level: 6-8
- Required Time: 10 forty-five minute sessions
Life in the Universe is a free and innovative 10-day curriculum that provides interactive videos, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and student worksheets to engage students in the science and social implications of the search for extraterrestrial life in the universe. The curriculum can be used for classroom instruction or during out-of-school programs.
The program covers the objects within our solar system; distance and size scales within the universe; planetary conditions necessary to support life; history of the search for exoplanets; and methods for searching for exoplanets (with a focus on the Transit Method). Join us as we use WorldWide Telescope to journey around the solar system in search of life in the universe!
This Teacher's Guide details all the necessary materials for each day of the 10-day Life in the Universe curriculum. You will find included: daily lesson plans; student activity sheets; classroom activities; and (on most days) interactive instructional videos.
For session 1-4, we provide instructional WorldWide Telescope (WWT) tours (to run either on a classroom projector or on individual student computers). For sessions 5-10, groups of students use WWT tours as a resource as they build their capstone presentations.
How do I run a WWT tour on my Windows computer?
You will need to download WorldWide Telescope to your Windows computer to run a WWT tour file.
- Download WWT (for free) from worldwidetelescope.org.
- Download the day-by-day LITU WorldWide Telescope tour files (.wtt) above.
- Double-click the .wtt file to open and run a LITU tour.
A playlist of sample videos recorded from the WWT tours provided within the LITU curriculum. There are 3 videos within the playlist. Click through to Youtube to access each video individually.
A playlist of video resources that students might find helpful for their capstone projects. There are 18 videos in the playlist. Click through to Youtube to access each video individually.