Common Core State Standard L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
Space Probe Nears Its Asteroid Target
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is starting to send back photos of Vesta, the second largest object in the asteroid belt. The large asteroid, believed to be a protoplanet, is 300,000 miles away and yet we're able to get a close up view of the big rock tumbling through space.
■Class discussion: Do scientific accomplishments like this interest you? Want to know more: Do some research to answer some questions the video doesn't explain. Where is the asteroid belt? What's an asteroid? What's the difference between an asteroid and a comet?