On the other end of the telescope: Space, Moon and the Planets
1 The Hook
Students will be previewing the movie of the moon that shows the different phases of the moon which prepares students for the events of the real lunar eclipse.
Students will also have the opportunity to view in the mobile lab the portions of Brainpop jr. discussing the solar system, earth, mars along with the moon.
Students will keep notes in their interactive science journal to be used later for their individual planet reports later.
What are some of the moon phases/
What is the difference between waning and waxing?
What is the moon phase today?
Do you know how many days it takes for the phase to complete?
What are the planets? How many?
What is the closest to Earth? The Sun?
Which Planet do you think is the coolest? Why?
2 Guided Practice: Moon Phases Flip Book
Using the flocabulary website: Moon Phases http://www.flocabulary.com/moon-phases/
Students can view and learn about the moon phases
In addition to viewing the website, students will be given an extended lesson
Students will be given the different phases of the moon to construct a moon phase flip book so they can review and see the moon phases in action when flipped through. Students will color the portion of the moon that is in the earth's shadow with a black marker.
Students will learn new moon comes first: no moon is visible
Waxing cresent, means growing into a large phase
First Quarter: or a half moon
Waxing Gibbous: Means swollen but growing-larger than a half moon but not quite full
Then the moon begins to get smaller: Waning means shrinking
Waning Gibbous: Shrinking but still swollen
Third quarter moon:half moon
Waning Cresent: Shrinking small cresent size phase
PHASES BEGIN AGAIN: NEW MOON!!
3 Whole Group: Reading about space
Students will read Our Solar System from Raz Kids on the smart board. The book is a learning tool for students to view and listen to the different objects in space and learn about each planet's characteristics.
This tool is great to aid in learning phonemic awareness and accomodates learners that struggle to read. Students also have the opportunity to listen to this at home in an application version or later on the ipad in the class individually.
4 Independent Practice: Learning through games/Planet Report
Students will begin this part of the lesson using the ipad lab and utilizing the app for Britannica kids: Solar System
This app offers a lot of valuable information and allows students to navigate through different features including games and videos that will optimize their learning of the planets and the solar system.
Students will utilize the app for research and as investigative tool for choosing and learning about the characteristics of a planet they choose.
Students will create a model of the planet and type a report using their findings from the app.
Students will be able to search throughout the internet to locate other resources including brainpop, you tube, and the app described above.
Students will take home a note that encourages parents to get involved and assist students in creating an accurate model of the planet they choose.
5 Wrap up and Share: Planet Models and Reports
Students will share their models with the class and present their planet reports. Students will display their models in accordance to the sun model to represent the space between the sun and each of the planets. There will be multiple planets for some which is perfectly fine.
Students will present and discuss their findings and show the references to the information.
Question and Answer: Students will have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions and find additional information concerning their model or report.
Example: Why is your planet Red? (MARS) Student can explain that the Red color comes from the iron rich environment.
Students will be evaluated on their participation, performance and ability to collaborate with the students in a whole class manner.