Exploring Mars: Spirit and Opportunity

Lesson 10


Unit 4

5th Grade

Lesson 10 of 33


Analyze the strategies Elizabeth Rusch uses to make science feel like an adventure. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch  — close read

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

Elizabeth Rusch’s writing style makes science, particularly the Mars missions, feel like an adventure. 

What strategies does she use to create this feeling? Make sure to explain and give examples for at least two strategies.

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.5.8 — Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
  • SL.5.1 — Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SL.5.4 — Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SL.5.5 — Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
  • W.5.9 — Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

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