Lesson Plan

Nighttime, Daytime

As a part of the study of science, students will learn about night time and day time (i.e. light/dark, moon and stars/sun).
Ella K.
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My Grades K
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

The students will be able to note the differences between night and day time and which ones the stars, moon, and sun belong to with 95% accuracy. 


The standard this lesson is based around is the Georgia Core Standards for Science.
SKE1. Students will describe time patterns (such as day to night and night to day) and objects (such as sun, moon, stars) in the day and night sky.
a. Describe changes that occur in the sky during the day, as day turns into night, during the night, and as night turns into day.
b. Classify objects according to those seen in the day sky and those seen in the night sky.
c. Recognize that the Sun supplies heat and light to Earth.

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1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

ACTIVITY: Watching and listening

The Kids ABC international video will introduce the students to the differences of day and night and where the sun/stars/moon belong. This video will build on their already existing knowledge and experience of knowing that day time is light and you are awake, and night time is dark and you are asleep.  

2 Direct Instruction

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Using the YouTube video by Kids ABC International the students will be asked to all come to sit and watch the video on the classroom interactive whiteboard. The video will play the story parts and (you will need to manually) skip over the pre-done activity parts in the video. The link used for the video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2PXS-4Flf0

3 Guided practice

Activity: Conversing

ACTIVITY: Discussion

Using teacher cut outs and pictures of the sun, moon, stars, and different objects that are either used during the day or night. Students will either be asked which ones belong where? “Does the sun belong in the sky during the day or the night?”, “*student name* do you go outside to play on the playground at night or during the day?”. This activity will go on until all students have been asked a question or have raised their hand to share their answer. 

4 Independent practice

Activity: Other — Activity sheet and drawing

ACTIVITY: Displaying learnt knowledge

After having a class discussion on night and day the students will be asked to return to their desks to fill out a question sheet. Questions displayed on the sheet will include “where does the moon go?”, “When do you play outside?”, “Do the stars come out as the same time as the moon?”. Once students have completed this sheet and have handed it in. I will let them use their drawing books to draw i1 thing that they like to do during the day and one thing they like to do during the night. 

5 Wrap-up

ACTIVITY: Re-iteration

Once the students have finished their individual activity and have spent some time enjoying drawing activities they do at night and during the day, they will be asked to join each other once again on the floor in front of the interactive whiteboard to watch a fun episode of PBS Learning Media about night and day. The following link will be used http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/7fa19643-d979-4e76-86cb-c370592... . After the completion of the video students will be asked to spread out into a circle and the teacher will go around the circle asking each student which one is their favorite – night or day? Students will be re-iterating the knowledge they’ve learned.