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Lesson Plans (5) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (3) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Discovering the Planets
Description: The purpose of these lessons are to teach students about the planets and other objects in the Solar System.  The students will read the chapter book The Magic School Bus – Space Explorers as a class and then research each of the planets it talks about.  They will also create a brochure advertising their specified planet.  These lesson plans incorporate technology, science, reading, writing, and art.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Credit Recovery Science (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Our Solar System
Description: This is an introductory lesson for a unit on the solar system. Students will identify the order and characteristics of the nine planets. Cooperative learning groups, consisting of two students, will research information on a given planet via the Internet, encyclopedias, books, etc. Students will use the knowledge gained to write a descriptive paragraph about a designated planet.


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Subject: Science - Astronomy - Science - Space Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Red Album     
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students are assigned the task of helping NASA plan its next missions to Mars--a great frontier in modern exploration. A variety of activity options are presented for young students, older students, parents, and teachers.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Objects in the Sky     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first of a four-part series on the sky, students observe the daytime and nighttime sky. They create a journal page documenting their observations in words and pictures.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: The Warmth of the Sun     
Description: In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students take a closer look at the sun and begin to recognize its critical function in heating and warming the air, land, and water that sustain our lives. This involves drawing their attention to the basics of the heat around them and how the sun is the primary source of that warmth. They then perform a number of indoor and outdoor activities that help them begin to identify the sun as the natural, universal source of heat in the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Title: Space
Digital Tool: Explain Everything
Digital Tool Description: Students will use Explain Everything to create and present information about planets, asteroids, comets, and satellites. Explain Everything will allow students to create a presentation using an interactive whiteboard which will allow you do animate, annotate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.


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Title: Explore the Solar System
Digital Tool: NASA Space Interactives
Digital Tool Description: Students use this interactive to discover information about each of the planets as well as asteroids, comets, and  satellites. If NASA has a mission there you can click on it to learn more. This interactive will allow you to play games as you learn about different items in the Solar System.


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Basic Components of the Solar System
Overview:
Two students describe the basic components of the Solar System. It includes information on the sun, planets, and Earth's moon.


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The Inner and Outer Planets of Our Solar System
Overview:
The purpose of this presentation is to help present information about the eight planets in our Solar System.  This overview shares vivid images, key characteristics, and a playful song by third graders.  The podcast will help students with learning the order of planets, introduce each planet, and asks students thought provoking questions.  Anyone would be able to use this podcast for an enhancement to an introduction or an ending of a lesson on the Solar System.


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The Earth's Moon
Overview:
The purpose of this presentation is to help present information abot the earth's moon to elementary students. The preview of the moon's characteristics is mean to engage students and to create interest. 


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Subject: Science - Astronomy - Science - Space Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Red Album     
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students are assigned the task of helping NASA plan its next missions to Mars--a great frontier in modern exploration. A variety of activity options are presented for young students, older students, parents, and teachers.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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