Solar System Inquiry Unit
1 hook: Teacher Instructions: Ask your students a question such as, “what if the shoe didn’t fit Cinderella?” or “what if Goldilocks didn’t run into the 3 bears?”. In a popcorn-style format, have students throw out potential plot lines. Student Instruc
Whole group asking: What is out in space? What is space? Read the book : Child's Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations--and How You Can Find Them in the Sky. Discuss the book. Tell students we are going to use several websites to investigate / explore the plants in space.
Created worksheets for notes, guided questions, Solar System researching a topic sheet by Teacher Helper. Created a rubric for Solar System Script and Performance
Students will respond with different answers
2 Direct Instruction
We have the links on the students home folder in school and send home a copy of the links. This allows the students to access the page quickly.
We use the interacted boards to view YouTude videos of meteorites, comets and asteroids.
The students view the sites during computer time and at home. The students are divide into groups by their topic interest.
3 Guided Practice
The students used iPads and computers to access Internet:
to find Myths and Facts about the moon
group research on their planets
Working in groups students will access the websites to read, listen, watch videos to understand the Solar System.
4 Independent Practice
Students are give time to explore difference websites to guided their learning, they are given time to share and explore within their group. Bring the whole class back to review the rubric and ask any questions. They are given class time to create their skit using the knowledge they have learned from this unit. Remind them to review the rubric before and during their creative period
Students are working together to share the knowledge they have gained. They are given time to ask questions form each other or in the whole group
5 WRAP-UP :
Students will take either quiz to see how they have leaned. They will create a skit using the rubrics give out earlier.
Students were actively engaged in planet research and used their information to write group plays.