|Lesson Plan ID:
Our Solar System
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.
|SC(2) ||11. Identify basic components of our solar system, including the sun, planets, and Earth's moon. |
|ELA(2) ||8. Organize sentences into a paragraph to address a topic or tell a story. |
|TC2(K-2) ||2. Identify applications and operations of various technology systems. |
|TC2(K-2) ||7. Use digital tools to access and retrieve information. |
|TC2(K-2) ||8. Use digital environments to exchange ideas with individuals or groups. |
|TC2(K-2) ||10. Design original works using digital tools. |
|ELA2010(2) ||23. Write informative or explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section. [W.2.2] |
|Primary Learning Objective(s):
Students will identify the planets in order from the sun. Students will compose and type a descriptive paragraph on a given planet.
|Additional Learning Objective(s):
Students will insert pictures from the Internet or a scanner.
|Approximate Duration of the Lesson:
|| Greater than 120 Minutes|
|Materials and Equipment:
The Planet Song found at Teachers.net and The Family of the Sun found at Exploring The Planets: Our Solar system, encyclopedias and books for research, posters containing the writing process and proofreaders' marks (displayed around the classroom), and planet questionnaires - one per student (see attached)
|Technology Resources Needed:
Distance Learning Equipment; computers with Internet access, printer, scanner, presentation software (such as PowerPoint), publishing software (such as Publisher or Word); floppy disks for each group
Teacher should research websites that are safe for students, bookmark websites for students to use, and learn the tune of The Planet Song and The Family of the Sun.
Students should be familiar with using bookmarked Internet sites.
The teacher will introduce the lesson with a PowerPoint presentation (see attached) and singing The Planet Song
and The Family of the Sun
. Each student will be paired with a partner to complete research questions on a given planet (see attached). Tools for research include the Internet, encyclopedias, books, etc. The following website is a good place for information.
6.)Day Two: First, review with students: sing The Planet Song and repeat the order of the planets using acrostic (from the multimedia presentation). Next, using the steps in the writing process, each partnership will write a descriptive paragraph pertaining to an assigned planet for the class booklet entitled "Our Solar System." After completing a rough draft of the paragraph, the students will then recheck their paragraph using proofreaders' marks.
7.)Day Three: Review song and planet order again. Students will type their descriptive paragraphs and insert graphics into their publications using the Internet and/or a scanner.
8.)Day Four: Review one more time. Each student will then receive a final copy of the class booklet entitled "Our Solar System." Each partnership will present its paragraph and illustration to the class. A rubric (see attached) will be used to evaluate students and their final publications.
Students will complete an assessment on the order of the nine planets (see attached). Finally, students will participate in a distance learning field trip. The teacher can register for the field trip at the following website:
(Challenger Learnig Center: Planetary Patty
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||Our Solar System Rubric.htm|
Our Solar System.ppt
Our Solar System Rubric (see attached) will be used for assessment.
Students will create a mobile using pictures of the planets and yarn to display the order of the planets.
Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom
for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading
or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at
a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with
short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions;
poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.
|Presentation of Material
||Using Groups and Peers
|Assisting the Reluctant Starter
||Dealing with Inappropriate
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.
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