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					THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Group 7: The Rainbows
A curriculum setup
WHAT?
 Setup for a curriculum about the solar system
 We created an activity for it before (Greece)

 The solar system varies from very concrete to
  pretty abstract
 Looking at the sky is fascinating

 Suitable for all ages
OVERALL AIM AND OBJECTIVES
 Progressively teach pupils from ages 6-18 about
  the solar system
 From the concept of day and night to gravity on
  the moon
 Use authentic science to show that science is fun
  and it is all around you in everyday life
 Use ICT to improve the understanding and make
  it more attractive to learn
3 DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS
   We decided on three different age groups:
     Group A: 6-8 year olds
     Group B: 9-14 year olds
     Group C: 15-18 year olds

 Teacher roles differ between groups
 Level of understanding differs between groups
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW


                                       Solar system




                                          Group B
                                                                          Group C
          Group A                      9-14 years old
                                                                       15-18 years old
        6-8 years old              Teacher: director and
                                                               Teacher: let students work in
      Teacher: director                  mediator
                                                                           groups
 Topics: day/night; seasons;    Topics: planets; explaining
                                                               Topics: stars; atmosphere; big
 sun; earth; moon; big bang     seasons; well-known stars;
                                                                 bang explained; gravity
                               things you can see; full moon
GROUP A: OVERVIEW
 What is able for them to understand
 Day and night

 Seasons

 The sun, the earth and the moon

 Mention the big bang



   Role of teacher: director
GROUP A: ACTIVITIES
 Show a big bang simulation
 Make paper-mache sun-earth-moon

 Conditions of life

 Observe day and night
GROUP B: OVERVIEW
 Planets
 Explain seasons

 Well known stars

 What you can see

 Concrete

 Full moon etc.

 Eclipse



 Teacher is a mediator; partially director,
  partially student responsibility
 Students can work in groups
GROUP B: ACTIVITIES
 In groups: do research on a planet; make it in
  paper-mache
 Create own solar system

 Go to planetarium or science museum

 Go look at planets with telescope

 Show eclipse videos and demonstrate

 Invite parents for presentation and observation
  of planets with telescopes
GROUP B: RESOURCES
 http://www.kidsastronomy.com/solar_system.htm
 http://www.kidsastronomy.com/fun/orbitsV3.swf

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcz4vGvoxQA
GROUP C: OVERVIEW
 What are stars
 White dwarfs

 Nebula

 Things that you can’t see

 Gravity (prerequisite: forces, Newton laws)

 Big bang

 Atmosphere



 Students are independent and work in groups
 Teacher is guidance and applies basic rules
GROUP C: ACTIVITIES
 Use Google Earth to do their own exploration
 Make a presentation

 Explain to groups A and/or B some basics of the
  solar system
 Experience multiple G

 Calculate weight on different planets

 Presence of atmosphere
CONCLUSIONS
 We created a curriculum setup built on the
  keynotes from last week
 The solar system is a fascinating subject

 Ages 6-8, 9-14 and 15-18

 Teacher roles differ and change

 Pupils change

 We involved ICT, parents, group work,
  essentialism, progressivism, perennialism,
  authentic science and hands-on experience
     THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION
AND THANK YOU ALL FOR THESE GREAT WEEKS!

				
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