Name: _________________________________________

Inner Planets
Make 50 Science Contract

Due Date: ____________________ Period: _________

Choose ONE option from each section to complete the Science Contract. Your goal is 50 points, which is the full credit amount.

VOCABULARY Options
A1. Make a crossword puzzle that includes all of your vocabulary words
with the definitions as clues.
A2. Make a hand-written vocabulary list with all definitions.
A3. Write descriptive paragraphs using all vocabulary words.
A4. Create a multiple choice vocabulary review using all words or
design an interactive vocabulary PowerPoint that acts as a self-quiz.
A5. Make vocabulary mini-posters. Write definitions with matching
descriptive colored pictures for our WORD WALL.
A6. Complete a word study on origins and prefixes/suffixes for HALF
of the vocabulary words. Get more details from Mr. Aion
CONTENT LEARNING Options
B1. Answer 1 Thought Question and 1 Problem for each section.
They are found on pages 233, 255, and 270.
B2. Read and answer questions about enrichment topics that go deeper
into chapter topics. Ask Mr. Aion for these assignments.

Points

C3. Create samples of soil from each planet based on chemical
composition
C4. Complete an experiment that examines relationship between size of
a meteor and crater.
C5. Create a Planet in a Bottle for each of the inner planets.
C6. Using specific planet information, describe in details what life on
that planet would look like
CREATIVE EXPRESSION Options

Date

Points

Date

Points

10
12.5
15
Points
5
7.5

10

C2. Build a pinhole camera and measure sunspots.

Points

10

B4. Create a concept map about the unit that shows how all the concepts
are related.

EXPERIMENTAL Options
C1. Write a one-paragraph summary of the experiments that are carried
out on the other inner planets, and answer two follow-up questions.

Date

7.5

10

B6. Take Cornell-style notes on each section of the unit. Mr. Aion will
show you how to do this if you need help.

Points

5

B3. Answer 2 Thought Questions and 1 Problem for each section.
They are found on pages 233, 255, and 270.

B5. Find an article about the latest research on Mercury, Venus and
Mars. Write an article summary for each.

Date

12.5
15
Points
5
10
10
12.5
15
15
Points

D1. Make decorated posters for each section that summarize the main
ideas. Online Glogster posters are also a great idea!

10

D2. Write a two-page creative story (5 paragraph minimum), a comic
book, or a movie/TVscript using at least 10 vocab words in context.

10

D3. Compose and record a song or rap about the main ideas of the
chapter, using at least 10 vocabulary words

10

D4. Create a cardboard Tri-Fold display with section headings, images,
diagrams, and text summaries for three related chapter concepts.

15

D5. Build scale models of the inner planets. Create a notecard
explanation of each one, like you might see at a museum.

15

D6. Record your own Bill Nye-type video that explains the major
features of each of the inner planets. (Approx. 5 min.)

20

ASSESSMENT Options
E1. Answer the Chapter Review sheet
E2. Write a tourist brochure for each planet, explaining major features,
drawbacks and why someone should visit each.
E3. Create a presentation on each planet, giving important stats, basic
information, discoveries and interesting facts
E4. Create multiple choice question cards for a chapter review game
(30 Cards, non-vocabulary, at least 15 open ended)
E5. Chapter Test
E6. Write a paper on the history of each planet including discovery,
mythology and how and when the important information was
learned
GROUP CHAPTER PRESENTATION Option
(For 3-4 students)
P1. Create a complete chapter presentation and review, to be given in
class on the day before the test. ONE TIME ONLY.
See Mr. Aion for requirements and scoring

TOTAL POINTS EARNED

Points

Date

Points

5
10
15
15
15
15

Points

X when
completed

Points
Earned

40
XX

*** STAPLE THIS SHEET TO ALL PAPER ACTIVITIES ***
*** DO NOT TURN IN WORK THAT IS IDENTICAL TO SOMEONE ELSE’S WORK ***
*** ONE OPTION FROM EACH SECTION MUST BE CHOSEN, OR YOU WILL BE GIVEN AN
INCOMPLETE, WHICH WILL BECOME A ZERO AT THE END OF EACH MARKING PERIOD ***
*** YOU CAN EARN UP 60 POINTS ON THIS SCIENCE CONTRACT BY CHOOSING MORE
CHALLENGING OPTIONS, FOR A TOTAL OF 10 BONUS POINTS MAXIMUM ***
*** YOUR SCIENCE CONTRACT SCORE COUNTS AS 15% OF YOUR SCIENCE GRADE ***

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