Our Solar System We will begin our science focus on our Solar System with a short introduction in the classroom. Following the introduction, we will divide into five groups of five. The group you are assigned to will be your group throughout our study of the solar system. Each day, I have listed what must be completed in order to stay on track with our class’s latest space adventure. Day 1: 1. Each group will randomly select two planets/star from a hat. 2. Gather at your group’s computer (labeled with the number of your group) to brainstorm about the planets/star you drew from the hat. Use our Inspiration program to brainstorm ideas about what you think the planets your group picked are like. Each group member must give at least one idea for each planet/star that your group picked. 3. Save the web you create in Inspiration and then print out a copy with each group member’s name. Turn in your printed copy to me. Day 2: 1. Go to the curriculum page of our classroom website to find the websites that you will need to use for today’s activity. 2. Click on the links to go to the websites and gather information about the planets/star that your group picked. 3. Write down or type up facts that you find about your group’s planets/star and think will be useful to know. (This information will be helpful for the rest of the project also). 4. Answer the questions on the activity sheet using the websites on the curriculum page. Day 3: 1. Based on the facts and pictures that you found in yesterday’s Internet research, your group should draw and color sketches of your planets/star. Pick the best picture of each of the planets/star that your group was assigned. 2. Next, your group will use our class scanner to scan the images onto the computer. We will be using these images later on in the project, so this is very important. 3. Turn the original pictures in to me with your group names and number on each. Day 4: 1. Go to the hands-on center that is labeled with your group’s number. Today we will be making a model of the solar system using information gathered over the past few days. 2. Before getting started, go to the curriculum page on our website and go to the links for this study. Gather information about all of the planets/star that were not picked by your group. You will need to know the color, size, and other important features of the planet/star. 3. Using all of the information gathered, use the materials provided (cardboard, Styrofoam balls, paint, molding tools, and other items) to create your group’s model of the solar system. Do not look at or copy the work and ideas of other groups. 4. Leave the finished model at you work station to dry so that I can grade it later. Day 5: 1. Using all that your group has learned about the planets/star that you picked, today your group will create a PowerPoint presentation to teach the rest of the class about what you learned. 2. Your PowerPoint presentation should have 5 pages. a. One page should be an opening page with the title. b. Create two pages of information and pictures for each planet/star your group picked. c. You will need to use the scanned drawings created by your group in the presentation. 3. Save and Print out a copy of your presentation (when printing, be sure to print handouts- ask me if you need help). Give the printed out copy along with your rubric to me. 4. Also, turn in your group evaluation forms by the end of the day. Day 6: 1. Today your group will present all of the information learned about your planets/star to the class. 2. Be prepared to show and talk about your group’s PowerPoint and Solar System Model. Checklist: Inspiration Brainstorm Sheet Web Research Activity Sheet Sketch of your group’s planets/star Scanned Image of your sketches Solar System Model PowerPoint presentation Group Members: Amanda Patton, Amber Hayes, Carter Corn, Kyra Payton, Charolette Smith Group Project Lesson Plan Lesson Plan Title: Our Solar System Developed by: Amanda Patton, Amber Hayes, Carter Corn, Kyra Payton, Charolette Smith Subject Area: Science/Astronomy Grade Level: 4 Purpose of the Activity: The purpose of this activity is to inform students of their surrounding solar system and to incorporate technology into classroom education. Learning Objectives #34 Compares and contrasts the Earth and other planets of (include at least one our solar system. Constructs a model of the earth/moon Georgia QCC): system and the solar system. Observes a model of the solar system and describes characteristics of the sun and planets. List of Centers to be 1)Introduction/Inspiration Center, 2) Internet Research Center, 3) used: Art/Scanning Center, 4) Hands-on Learning Center, 5) PowerPoint Center How will your centers 1) Following an introduction to the planets of our solar be organized? Describe system, students will be divided into five groups of five the centers. where they will each go to a computer set up with Inspiration software to brainstorm. 2) On day 2, students will break into group again to use internet site www.kidsastronomy.com , and www.nasa.gov. to research assigned planets/sun. They will complete an activity sheet based on these websites. 3) At the Art/Scanning center, students will sketch assigned planets and then scan the images to be used in PowerPoint presentation later. 4) At the Hands-on Learning Center, students will create a mobile of the solar system based on previous research. 5) At the PowerPoint Center, each group will create a PowerPoint presentation consisting of 5 slides. List of internet www.kidsastronomy.com resources students www.nasa.gov may use Step by step Day 1: description of how the 1) Following an introduction to the planets of our solar lesson will be system, students will be divided into five groups of five conducted; instructions where they will each go to a computer set up with Inspiration software to brainstorm. 2) Students will draw two planets/sun out of a hat. 3) After receiving their planets/sun, the students will brainstorm ideas about what they believe those planets are like. Day 2: 1) Using the websites from the curriculum page, students will research assigned planets for given criteria. 2) Students will complete an activity sheet based on research. Day 3: 1) Based on information gathered from research, students will sketch colored, detailed, and accurate images of assigned planets. 2) After completing drawing, students will upload images (to be later used in a PowerPoint presentation) onto computer using a scanner. Day 4: 1) At the Hands-on Learning Center, as group students will create an approximately scaled mobile of our solar system displaying all nine planets and the sun, including at least 1 detailed characteristic for each planet. Day 5: 1) Using all gathered information, the students will create a 5 slide PowerPoint presentation using 2 pages for each planet and/or sun, and an introduction page. Day 6: 1) Each group will be required to complete the presentation of their project. How will the students Students will be evaluated by use of a rubric divided into be evaluated? Attach sub-categories for each process of the project including: rubric activity sheet, inspiration assignment, mobile, scanned (www.rubistar.4teachers.org image, PowerPoint, and completion of presentation. ) and a participation Students will also be given a participation grade based on sheet the Group Participation Sheet. Where will you use the The activity sheet will be used on Day 2 to document information activity sheet? gathered from websites. The sheet will be graded based on completion. What advantage does This method utilizes informational technology in the this method of classroom. instruction have over This method uses hands-on learning. traditional methods This method reinforces research practice. This method encourages group work and participation. This particular method includes the theory of multiple intelligences. How will this lesson be I will work with our special education coordinator to supply any adapted for students material or equipment to accommodate students in my class with with special needs special needs. Over what disciplines This is an interdisciplinary unit based on the use of art, does this unit cross? technology and science studies. 3rd Grade Project Discovering Our Solar System Name:___________________________ Date: ________________ For each center you will receive one grade. Your grades will be based on completion and accuracy of your research. Have fun studying our Solar System!! Very Need Not Component Excelle Good Sufficien s presen nt t Work t 1. Inspiration Center-Brainstorm 5 4 3 2 0 Complete 2. Activity Sheet Completed 5 4 3 2 0 3. Art/Scanning Center- Drawing of 5 4 3 2 0 Planet/Sun 4. Hands on Center- Module Built 5 4 3 2 0 and Accurate 5. PowerPoint Presentation with all 5 4 3 2 0 requirements Total Points Earned: _______________ Solar System Unit Activity Sheet for The Internet Research Station. Instructions: Use the Computer Research Station to answer the following questions about your 2 planets. Use the sites www.kidsatronomy.com and www.nasa.gov 1. What is the surface diameter of your planets? 2. Are your planets solid or gas planets? 3. How fast do they spin? 4. How long is a sol on your planet? 5. What colors are your planets to the naked eye? 6. What gases are in the atmospheres of your planets? 7. How many moons or satellites do your planets have? What are their names? 8. How far away are your planets from the earth? 9. How many planets are in our solar system? 10. Give a special characteristic of each of your assigned planets.