Lesson Plan

Star Investigation

Using a Self-Organized Learning Environment and iPads
Dana O.
Instructional Technology Integrator
North Allegheny School District
Pittsburgh, PA
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
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Students will be able to

  • identify how we get information about the stars.
  • find answers to their questions using reputable apps and websites.
  • communicate their thoughts clearly and succinctly.

Grades 9 - 12
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Teacher guides students as they are exploring the app.

Student Instructions

Students use the app to find their astrological constellation and the name of a star in their astrological constellation.

(Students have already done research on constellations and created their own constellations)

2 Essential Question

Activity: Conversing

"Looking up at the sky and using apps or the internet, we can see stars.  But, what if we want to know more about them or our universe?"

Prompt students with a question made on your own or through SOLECLE.

How do we get information about stars? OR

How do we know what elements are in stars? OR

How big is the universe?

Student Instructions

Students discuss/brainstorm  preliminary ideas.

3 Investigation

Teacher guides students as they research/investigate to find answers.

Student Instructions

Students use the NASA app, website, iTunes U, or their choice of a reliable source to find answers/information

4 Closure

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Teacher uses Padlet to capture students responses to a closure question.

Ex: What is one way we get information from stars? Who do you plan to share this with?

Student Instructions

Students answer question via Padlet.