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Subject: Arts Education (5), or Mathematics (4 - 5), or Credit Recovery Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Inner and Outer Planets of the Solar System
Description: In this science lesson students will work collaboratively to learn and introduce the eight planets, sizes, characteristics, and their order.  They will use size comparisons, research a planet, design a poster and create a PowerPoint presentation.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Scaling Down the Solar System
Description: In this lesson students will work collaboratively to gain a better understanding of the vastness of space by scaling down the solar system. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.  


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Beyond The Earth Part I
Description: Students will access prior knowledge of the solar system by completing a graphic organizer.  After participating in a teacher lecture and whole group discussion, the students will work in collaborative groups to create a computer-generated drawing of the solar system.  Students must label each part and write a brief description of it.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Beyond the Earth Part II
Description: A continuation of Beyond the Earth Part I.  As part of a unit on the solar system, students will choose a component of the solar system to research.  Students may use a variety of resources such as the Internet, books, and reference materials. Once the research is complete, students will work in collaborative groups to design travel brochures using a desktop publishing program.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Mathematics (3), or Credit Recovery Science (4)
Title: Meteor or Meteorite
Description: Students will learn the difference between a meteor and a meteorite. Students will perform an experiment to discover how the size and weight of an object determines the size of the impact crater.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 6), or Science (1 - 6), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Sun, Earth, and Moon: Calendar of Events
Description: During this lesson students are going to take a look at moon phases and sunrise-sunset times in order to learn about daylight hours. Students discover that we do not always have the same amount of daylight each day. This lesson is best completed in December and January.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Stars
Description: During this hands-on lesson students learn about the life cycle of a star. They recreate the life cycle and explore the Internet to learn more about stars.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Lost in Space – A Solar System Study
Description: During this technology based lesson, students navigate the Internet to learn interesting information about the solar system. They use the information to complete a worksheet and to create a puzzle or challenge for their classmates.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Introduction to the Universe
Description: Students use descriptive words to create imagery of the many varieties of objects found in our universe.


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Subject: Science
Title: Exploring the Solar System     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to introduce students to Earth's moon and the eight other planets in our solar system. Students learn about the geology, composition and orbits of other planets by planning a trip to another planet.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Title: Sharing the Universe with Google Docs
Digital Tool: Google Docs
Digital Tool Description: Google Docs brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs. Choose from thousands of fonts, add links, images, drawings, and tables.


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Title: Sharing the Universe with Dropbox
Digital Tool: Dropbox
Digital Tool Description: Dropbox is a file sharing service that allows people to share copy some of their files onto an online cloud service and gives them the option of accessing those files from another computer as well as the option to share those files with others that they can invite. Students will each be given a separate assignment pertaining our solar system. They will research it, put together a presentation on the computer, then upload it to Dropbox for everyone in the class to have access to them.


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Title: Exploring the Solar System with Words
Digital Tool: Wordle
Digital Tool Description: Wordle allows students to create "word clouds" from self-chosen text. Students can choose from several different layouts, fonts, and color schemes. This tool can be used for any standard. Students are able to focus on a certain aspect and use facts or adjectives to describe the aspect in words.


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Title: Let's Get Ready for Liftoff
Digital Tool: Adventure of the Agronauts
Digital Tool Description: This tool allows students to explore the various components of the solar system. There is a wealth of information of various aspects of the solar system, from astronauts and moon missions to growing plants. Students can listen to the audio as they read along with each section. There are missions or sections on Earth, Sun, Moon, and how plants grow with light from the sun. This tool also includes interactive visuals such as the moon revolving around the Earth. This tool incorporates light, soil, and gravity into learning about the solar system. Also included, are extra activities such as web quests and printable worksheets, etc. There is also a glossary of terms that students can click on to find out definitions. Students can also take a quiz at the end of each mission to find out how much they learned. These quizzes can be used by the teacher to assess student knowledge of the solar system.


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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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Title: Journey through the Solar System with Educreations
Digital Tool: Educreations iPad app
Digital Tool Description:   Educreations transforms your iPad into a recordable whiteboard that captures your voice and handwriting to produce amazing video lessons that you can share online. It's as simple as touching, tapping and talking.(Description provided by Educreations)


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Title: What Can Satellites Do?
Digital Tool: Wonderopolis Videos
Digital Tool Description: This Wonder of the Day will help you learn more about some things that it would be hard to imagine living without…but that we can’t see! Have you ever wondered… What can satellites do? How many satellites orbit the Earth? When was the first satellite launched into orbit? Did you know?Without these things, our daily lives would look much different. Some of us couldn’t watch television. Some of us couldn’t figure out how to navigate from one place to another when traveling. Some of us could be endangered by bad weather that we didn’t know was coming. What are we talking about? Satellites, of course!


ALEX Podcasts


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Components of the Solar System
Overview:
This podcast defines comets, asteroids, and meteors which are all components of our Solar System.


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