Eyes on the Solar System
1 The Hook
Show the “Solar System” video (https://jr.brainpop.com/science/space/solarsystem/) to the entire class, and then review the “Word Wall” together.
This is a subscription based web-site, and a school/district log-in is required to view this view.
Students then choose to take the Easy Quiz or Hard Quiz (Online Version) independently if they have access to their own machines, or they can do this together as a class, and raise their hand when done to show the teacher their understanding of the video (i.e. 4/5). For any remaining time, students can explore the “Solar System” activities, such as “Write About It,” “Draw About It,” “Activity,” “Belly Up,” and/or “Game.” If students have access to a printer, they can print one of the above activities.
2 Direct Instruction
Create student accounts on newsela.com and assign them to read the article "NASA finds 3 new planets where life could exist."
Students will read and discuss the article and answer the quiz.
3 Guided Practice
Introduce the website Wonderopolis and explain how to navigate the site to search for a wonder they are curious about related to the solar system
Students will use the search tool with the keyword solar system and then choose a “wonder” based on their curiosity. After watching the video they will then work through the activities: Wonder Words / Word Challenge, Try it Out, and Test Your Knowledge
4 Independent Practice
Download and install the NASA Eyes program on computers. Assign partners/small groups and choose a planet for each team to explore. Facilitate learning by going around to each team and ask probing/guiding questions.
Go to Britannica ( http://school.eb.com/ ) online to research facts about their planet. Once teams have 5 interesting facts about their planet (size, gravity, distance from Earth, etc.), use Nasa Eyes (http://eyes.nasa.gov) to get a visual sense of the sheer size and breadth of the Solar System.
Guide students to create an illustration of the solar system topic with an audio recording explaining it. For kinder you can limit this to one page and illustration while for third grade you may choose to have them add pictures from the photo library on several pages.
Students open the app and draw a picture of the concept they are teaching to their classmates. They push the record button and describe the solar system idea.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.