This activity is for 5th grade and is intended to be done in 3 to 5 days. The activity addresses the Life Science Content Standards (a) through (g) and can be applied to standard (5) on the solar system.

Day 1 -- students get into scientist teams and discuss where their Alien may have come from.

Day 2 -- groups should work on writing a description of the planet. The group should discuss and research the anatomy of humans and how their Alien will look.

Day 3 -- groups should finish writing about how their Alien looks and functions as compared to humans.

To make the activity easier to manage, each science team should submit their news release and they should include the URL's so that you can check them for authenticity. Use the government page as a check-off list to determine completion of the project. It is up to you to determine what you want them to find on the list.
Your role is to be the government thus, you can change whatever you want whenever you want.

A sample rubric is on the how did you do page, so the students can assess if they are going in the right direction.

It is important to help students work as a team. They need to divide up the work on the government page to answer all the questions. Having a newspaper as a sample would be helpful so they can have a template to fashion their news release after. The idea is to have them learn about human anatomy in a fun way.