What Planet Are You From?



A Web Quest for 3rd Grade

(Science and Language Arts)

Designed by:

Jesseka Black, Kendra Lucas,

Jade Osman, and Natalie Snyder


Introduction  Task  Process  Evaluation  Conclusion  Credits   Teacher Page






 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to a different planet for a day?

Come with us as we journey to the different planets in our Solar System!




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The Task


Here is your mission space cadets...

You will have to complete 3 tasks on your mission:

  1. Choose what planet you would like to visit.  Destination choices include: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. 

  2. During your stay on your planet, gather as much information as possible, and then report back to earth in a letter.

  3. After your return, recreate an object that you found on your adventure, that you would like to share with the class.

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Step #1

Choose your destination site!


Step #2

Research your planet by clicking on one of the following:







For additional information on your planet you may visit:



Here are some examples of what to include in your research:

  1. How much would you weigh on your planet?

  2. How many moons are on your planet?

  3. What does your planet look like?

  4. What kind of clothes do you think you would wear on your planet?

  5. What do you think your environment would be like?

* Make sure you use your imagination as much as possible, but be sure to also include the facts to support your research.*


Step #3

- Now that you have finished researching, send a letter to our class about what life is like on your planet.  Be sure to include information from  Step# 2.

*Be creative and use correct grammar.*

*Use friendly letter format.*

click here for letter example and format


Step #4

Bring us back a souvenir!!!!!

-Recreate an object from your planet that you found interesting, and would like to share with the class.  Examples may include:

 - drawing a picture

 - creating a poster

 - designing a model

 - painting an artwork. 

This could be anything, just use your imagination.

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Letter Rubric

Grammar & spelling (conventions)
Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling.
Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar and/or spelling.
Writer makes 3-4 errors in grammar and/or spelling
Writer makes more than 4 errors in grammar and/or spelling.
Ideas were expressed in a clear and organized fashion. It was easy to figure out what the letter was about.
Ideas were expressed in a pretty clear manner, but the organization could have been better.
Ideas were somewhat organized, but were not very clear. It took more than one reading to figure out what the letter was about.
The letter seemed to be a collection of unrelated sentences. It was very difficult to figure out what the letter was about.
Content Accuracy
The letter contains at least 5 accurate facts about the topic.
The letter contains 3-4 accurate facts about the topic.
The letter contains 1-2 accurate facts about the topic.
The letter contains no accurate facts about the topic.
Complies with all the requirements for a friendly letter.
Complies with almost all the requirements for a friendly letter.
Complies with several of the requirements for a friendly letter.
Complies with less than 75% of the requirements for a friendly letter.


Souvenir Rubric

Content - Accuracy
The souvenir accurately  relates to their planet
The souvenir mostly relates to the planet The souvenir relates somewhat to the planet. The souvenir does not relate to the planet
The souvenir is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness.
The souvenir is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness.
The souvenir is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy.
The souvenir is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive.

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!  You have completed your mission like a true space cadet.  We hope you have had an orbital experience and learned a lot in the process.

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- http://rubistar.teachers.org

- http://www.astronomy.com/content/static/astroforkids/

- http://www.kidsastronomy.com

- http://www.seds.lpl.arizona.edu/nineplanets/overview.html

- http://www.wsu.edu/druniverse/contents.html

- http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000144.htm

- http://www.ode.state.oh.us/academic_content_standards/

- http://cnets.iste.org

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Teacher Page


Ohio Curriculum Standards


Science Standards

Earth and Space

    - Demonstrating and understanding of the composition of the universe, the solar system and Earth

    - Grasp an understanding of the historical perspectives, scientific approaches and emerging scientific issues associated with Earth and space sciences.

    - Explain the characteristics, cycles and patterns involving Earth and its place in the solar system.


Scientific Inquiry

    - Use oral, written and pictorial representation to communicate work

    - Describe things as accurately as possible and compare with the observation of others.


Writing Standards

Writing Process

    - Generate ideas for written compositions


Writing Applications

    - Writing formal and informal letters that include relevant information and date, proper salutation, body, closing, and signature.

    - Compose writing that convey a clear message and include well-chosen details.


Writing Conventions

    - Print legibly using appropriate spacing.

    - Spell grade appropriate words correctly.

    - Use conventions of punctuation and capitalization in written work.

    - Use grammatical structures in written work



    - utilize appropriate searching techniques to gather information from a variety of locations.



Reading Standards

Reading Applications

    - Use visual aids as sources to gain additional information

    - Identify the central ideas and supporting details of information text.


Art Standards

Creative Expressions and Communication

    - Recognize and identify a purpose or intent for creating an original work of art.

    - Create an original work of art that illustrates a story or interprets a theme.


ISTE Standards

    - Use technology tools (ex. multimedia authoring, presentation, web tools, visual cameras, scanners) for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities to create knowledge products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.

   - Use telecommunications efficiently and effectively to access remote information, communicate with others in support of direct and independent learning, and pursue personal interest.

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