Where is that in my Space. Susana Angulo, Christy Brown, Teresa Morales, Robin Reichenbach Physical Science 2004 Spring 2009 Dianne Phillips. Introduction :.
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Susana Angulo, Christy Brown,
Teresa Morales, Robin Reichenbach
Physical Science 2004
For our project we designed a 3rd grade lesson to teach students about the position of the Earth in space. Our goal was to create a simple, fun, educational way to teach children about the interesting and exciting facts of how our solar system works.
The lesson plan will include the following requirements in order to meet Arkansas’s framework of education guidelines:
ESS 10.3.1 ESS 10.3.2 ESS 10.3.3
NS 1.3.3 NS 1.3.7
Year of Astronomy.
We will be using:
Prior to Lesson- in the Computer Lab: Review with students the different characteristics of each of the planets (power point presentation).Using either Paint or Word have students "draw" the nine planets using the shapes on the tool panel. Students should try to adjust the sizes of each planet in relation to the others (i.e. Pluto should be the smallest). The students should then go back and add the special characteristics unique to each planet. For example, Mars should be red and have two moons above it. Mercury should have smaller circles on it to represent its craters. Each planet can then be labeled.
Other suggested activities:
Class Activity: The following distance scale can be used to construct a model of the solar system along six meters of a classroom wall. Make a large circle of white paper to represent the sun. (It's the Earth's atmosphere which makes the sun look yellow.) For each planet, draw a dot and write the name on a piece of paper. Tack or tape the papers to a wall at the distances indicated on the scale. From the edge of the sun, the distances are:
We had to modify our lesson plan do to the class having most of the children under grade level and several who did not speak English very well. We gave them the pre-quiz, then showed them the PowerPoint and then let them chose to do a word seek puzzle or to draw a picture of their favorite planet.