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The Best Sites For Learning About Possible Life On Other Planets


The Wall Street Journal came out today with an article and a multimedia presentation on the potential for life on other planets. That topic is always an engaging one for students, and getting their interest is a big part of the learning equation.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Possible Life On Other Planets (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

Is Anybody Out There? is a nice interactive from The Wall Street Journal.

The accompanying article is very good, though would require a lot of teacher modification to make it accessible to ELL’s.

The Discovery Channel has a lot of resources on their Alien Planet page.

CNN has a series of videos titled “Is There Anybody Out There?”

CNN also has several useful articles, including Bookies give alien life good odds; The insider’s guide to talking to aliens; and UFO research: Findings vs. facts.

National Geographic has several articles on the topic.

Watch two short videos from How Stuff Works, SETI Explained and Science of the Impossible: SETI Radio Monitoring.

Read about an interesting poll from The Telegraph, One in five adults believe aliens are on earth, disguised as humans.

For fun, watch this TIME Magazine slideshow, A Brief History of Movie Flying Saucers.

“Top 10 Places To Find Alien Life” is a slideshow from Discovery News.

12 Events That Will Change Everything, Made Interactive is quite an impressive production from Scientific American. It has a multimedia interactive presentation on…12 events that they think will change everything. One of the events is “Extraterrestrial Intelligence.” It doesn’t allow linking separately to any one of the twelve events, but it’s obvious once you go to the main page.

The places most likely to harbor aliens is a short, useful slideshow from The Mother Nature Network.

National Geographic appears to have the most accessible article on the recent announcement of arsenic-based life and its implications for possible life on other planets.

On a less-serious note, The Telegraph has a slideshow on how aliens might look.

Your field guide to alien invaders is a fun slideshow from Slate examining how alien life has been portrayed in movies.

Infographic: Is There Alien Life Out There… on Earth? is from GOOD Magazine.

What Do You Say to an Alien? is from The New York Times.

What Do Aliens Look Like is a video from The Discovery Channel:

The Search For Aliens is an interactive from The BBC.

Check out these NASA interactives.
The Search For Aliens is from PBS.

Should We Search For Alien Footprints On Earth? is from NBC News.

TED-Ed has released this lesson and video:

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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