How much do you really know about Mars? Visit these websites and do these activities to learn some amazing things about Mars! You will learn what the surface of Mars looks like, how Mars and Earth and alike and different, and many other things!

Activity One
Activity Two
Activity Three
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Fourth Grade

Georgia Performance Standard: S4E2 Students will model the position and motion of the earth in the solar system and will explain the role of relative position and motion in determining sequence of the phases of the moon.
d. Demonstrate the relative size and order from the sun of the planets in the solar system.


Mars Tour
This website has lots of great pictures that show the surface of Mars. 

Space Topics
Learn interesting facts about Mars!

Mars Madness

Fun website where kids and learn and have fun at the same time!

Children can take their own quest to planet Mars!!

Sticky Situation
Venture into Mars!

Activity One

1.  What does the surface of Mars look like?
2. PLO: The students will research what the surface of Mars looks like and build their own Mars from Styrofoam and other materials.
3. Materials:
Computer with Internet
Website: Mars Tour
Large Styrofoam balls
Small rocks
Other various materials that may help create the surface of Mars.

4. Procedures  
Prior to visiting the website, discuss with the students what they think the surface of Mars looks like. The students will go to the website and explore the different pictures of Mars and its surface. Many students may not know anything about Mars yet, and one thing that will fascinate them is how its surface looks. Circulate the room and discuss with the students what they think the surface looks like and what they see in the picture. The website is full of Rover Images so the students can see up close what Mars really looks like.

5.  Product:
After the students have a good idea of how the surface of Mars looks, they will create their own Mars our of Styrofoam balls and various materials. The students' models should somewhat resemble the rough, rocky, and cratered surface of Mars. The students will paint the Styrofoam ball to resemble the color of Mars, and then add sand, rocks, and maybe other materials. The students may also want to make indentions or cut out pieces of the ball to resemble craters on the surface.

Activity Two

1.  How are Earth and Mars alike and different?
2. PLO : The students will explore the website and find facts about Mars and Earth and tell how they are alike and different.

3. Materials:
Computer with Internet
Space Topic

Students will go to the website and read about how Mars and Earth are alike and different. The link will take them straight to the page they need to read on. The students should take notes on paper while they are reading about how Earth and Mars are both alike and both different. The teacher may need to help students with difficult words. The teacher should circulate to check for understanding. After students have written notes, the teacher will explain how to make a simple chart. One side of the chart will be "How Mars and Earth are Alike" and the other will be "How Mars and Earth are different".

5.  Product:
After gathering information about Mars and earth, the students will make a chart that lists the likes and differences between Mars and Earth. After the students have listed facts in the chart, they will draw a picture of Earth and a picture of Mars to illustrate their likes and differences.

Activity Three

1.  Surviving on Mars!
2. PLO -The students will explore the website and discover what Mars is like and discuss various objects they would need to take to Mars to be able to survive.

3. Materials:
Computer with Internet
Sticky Situation
Poster board


Discuss that everything we have on Earth isn't on Mars. Tell the students that they would need to take stuff to Mars if they were going to survive on it. Have the students visit the website to learn some different things they would need to take to survive on Mars. They should take notes. Encourage the students to use their imagination and be creative.

5.  Product: 
The students will work in groups of three-four. Have the students discuss with their group members what they think they would need to take to survive on Mars. Have the students either write or draw, on the poster board, the items they would need to take with them. After each group is finished, have the groups present their poster board with the class and tell why they would need the items they chose.

Software Reviews

Power Point


Published by: Microsoft
After the students have completed activities and have knowledge of several different aspects of Mars, they could create a power point to share their knowledge. Power Point is not difficult to use and it allows students to put words, pictures, and animations together to create a nice presentation. Students could include all different types of information about Mars.  Some of the features with this program are difficult to master, but students could easily create a basic power point presentation.

Microsoft Word


Published by: Microsoft
Instead of having students hand-write their reports, they could use a computer and Microsoft Word to type their reports! After the students have taken notes on Mars and are knowledgeable about Mars, they could write a paper discussing different information about Mars. This program is very easy to use! The students can choose different fonts, font sizes, colors, and even insert pictures into a document. This is a great program for children to learn or practice typing and  better their computer skills.

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