Habitable Worlds

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In this group activity, learners consider environmental conditions—temperature, presence of water, atmosphere, sunlight, and chemical composition—on planets and moons in our solar system to determine the possibilities of life on any of them. Data cards help prompt learners to compare and contrast how living creatures would adapt on various habitable worlds. This activity can be found on pages 39-42 of the activity guide. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Worksheet 3.6A– Habitable World Cards
  • Worksheet 3.6B– Habitable Worlds Cards
  • Worksheet 3.6C– Habitable Worlds Chart
  • Pencils or pens


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
      • Biosphere
    • Solar System
      • The Moon
      • The Planets
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
    • Ecology
      • Biodiversity
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemistry of Life
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide


  • All rights reserved, TERC, 2007

Funding Sources:

  • NASA, NAS5-26555
  • National Science Foundation, NSF 9730728