Come To My Planet !

Janice Oliver

Links to KS3 Science  QCA Unit 7L
Edited for use on the WebQuestUK site by Dave Kibblewhite
(Site last checked on 12th July 2004)



It is the year 2098. You are a member of a fact finding team with the Intergalactical Travel Agency. This agency is interested in providing information and presentations about various vacation packages to the planets in our solar system.

The Task

Your fact finding team is responsible for developing a presentation and brochure to promote your planet as the "Number One Travel Destination In The Universe".  Every planet has something to offer the adventurous traveller.   Information to use in your presentation could include such things as the best spots to visit and the best time of year, what to pack, activities available (i.e. climbing, swimming, snorkelling or exploring). Your team will produce a travel brochure and a PowerPoint presentation to show to the other members of the Agency.  Include some background information about the physical characteristics of your planet, any mythology behind your planet's name, and any exploration that has been done of your planet.


To complete this project, you will need to go to the following sites on the Internet:

Astronomy for Kids is a very elementary site with basic information about each of the planets.   It includes a colour picture as well.  It's fairly simple, but a good place to start

The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System gives an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system.   There is an enormous amount of information here, so you will have to be selective.

Views of the Solar System presents a vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the splendour of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, space missions, and spacecraft using a vast archive of photographs, scientific facts, text, graphics and videos.  "Views of the Solar System" offers exciting exploration and educational enjoyment of the solar system, and beyond.

Windows to the Universe has general information on the solar system and the universe. You will also find information on myths, art books and films, space missions, people, and data.  Go to the table of contents by clicking on "Enter this site".  The "real time" pictures of earth from satellites are really excellent, but slow to load -- don't just sit there, do something else while it's loading.

You may also use information from encyclopaedias, periodicals, and books from the library -- or any information you can find from anywhere.  Hint - National Geographic magazines sometimes have some excellent articles.

The Process

You will be working as a group of four.  Each group will complete research related to their chosen planet, looking in particular at physical characteristics, weather, seasonal information, mythology, space exploration, and relationship to the Earth and the Sun.

Follow these steps:

1. Each group member can choose a role and assignment from the selections below.

2. Each group must create an action plan before they dive headlong into the task.

3. Each group can choose their own method of presenting their final product.

4. Each group will be asked to present their final project to their classmates.

Group Roles and Assignments:

Scientist Your job will be to find information on the weather, seasonal information, and physical characteristics of your planet.
Mission Specialist Your job will be to provide information on the history of the space exploration of your planet.
Historian Your job will be to research the mythology about your planet.
Logistical Engineer Your job will be to determine the distance to your planet, the best method of travel, and any problems that might be encountered.

  1. Evaluation

The presentation will include all members of the group and will be assessed by both teacher and class-mates.  The criteria for evaluating the project will be decided jointly by students and teacher, and will include the following areas:

1. Group cooperation.

2. Organization of material.

3. Completion of assignments.

4. Creativity.

5. Accuracy and depth of detail.

6. Effort.

The following ratings will be used:

Novice Means insufficient preparation, weak organization, and incorrect information; completes at least one of the assignments.
Apprentice Shows little detail and some wrong or unclear information; completes some of the assignments.
Proficient Has a well-organized, logical, and focussed presentation with few errors; completes most of the assignments.
Distinguished Shows outstanding work, rich in depth and precise detail, with a consistent, powerful presentation and few or no errors; completes all of the assignments.


By completing this project, you will have:

  • Demonstrated your knowledge of a planet in our solar system through its physical characteristics, its relationship to the Earth and the Sun, its mythology, and the history of its space exploration.
  • Completed research related to a planet in order to provide information for your final project.
  • Communicated clearly and effectively the information you have organized in your research.
  • Demonstrated the ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated the effective use of technology.

"Background image courtesy of Windows to the Universe,"


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