Lesson Plan

Solar System Research

Individual or Partner Planet Research Project
Jennifer N.
Classroom teacher
Gateway North Elementary
St. Johns, MI
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My Grades 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science

Students will be able to...

*Compare and contrast the planets in terms of size, distance, temperature, atmosphere and composition

*Create a multimedia digital project within the existing curriculum.

*Use digital tools to find, organize and analyze information.

Grades 4 - 6
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1 Hook

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Create a wall that students will use to share what they already know about the planets.  Have students write several different posts and then discuss what has been shared as an entire class.  

This will allow students to activate prior knowledge, later identify misconceptions, and make it easier to make connections with new learning in this lessons.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

Review or introduce guidelines for finding age-appropriate and reliable resources for researching the planets.  Assign one planet to each student or pair to research.  

Introduce students to Glogster, show some examples, and provide some basic instruction about how to change/add content to a glog.  

Provide students with a rubric for their glog and review expectations for the completed project.

3 Guided Practice

4 Independent Practice

Allow students time to research their planet and to create a glog about the assigned planet.  It should include a variety of multimedia sources, which may include photographs, charts, graphs, videos, text boxes and/or clip art.  

When all glogs are finished, have students share their glog with the rest of the class.  They will teach each other about the planets!

5 Wrap-Up

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Revisit the wall created at the beginning of the lesson.  Allow students time to change/add/delete content as they see fit based on what they learned while researching or listening to their classmates' presentations.  Place emphasis on summary statements that reflect how the planets compare or contrast as a group.  

Conduct a whole class conversation about the changes that were made to the wall and also the reasons why those changes were made.