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Author:Denielia Oden
System: Huntsville City
School: Rolling Hills Elementary School
Lesson Plan ID: 13044

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.

Content Standard(s):
SC(2) 11. Identify basic components of our solar system, including the sun, planets, and Earth's moon.
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.
ELA2015(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]
Local/National Standards:  
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 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.

1.)Day One: 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.
(Kids Astronomy)

2.)Another good site:
(Astronomy for Kids)

3.)Another good site:
(Astro for Kids)

4.)Another good site:
(Frontiernet: Astronomy for Kids)

5.)Another good site:
(NASA Kids Corner)

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.

9.)Day Five: 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)

Attachments:**Some files will display in a new window. Others will prompt you to download. Our Solar System Rubric.htm
Planet Assessment.doc
Planet Questionnaires.doc
Our Solar System.ppt
Assessment Strategies:

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 accommodations 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.

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