SOLAR LITERATURE FOCUS UNIT SYSTEM CHRISTINA JOHNSON Literature Focus Unit Christina Johnson Unit Plan Students will study Space and the components that make up the Solar System. The week long focus unit will integrate Language Arts with Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, Art, and P.E. During the week the students will learn characteristics of the Solar System, along with facts and history about the Solar System. Students will develop a better understanding of the Solar System by writing, reading, activities, and class discussions. Phases Cross Curricular Weight of the on Planetarium moon Ideas different Space planets word Characteristics problems of planets Science Planet murals Math Astronaut interview and study Venn Art Rockets diagrams SOLAR Saturn Constellation NASA SYSTEM websites Social CD Project Studies Journal about Space people in space Language Vocab Music P.E. Arts Man Poems History of the from constellations Listen Mars to Ring space around Read music Saturn Space Journal Moon Writing books jumping Literature Selection The Planets in Our Solar System by Franklyn M. Branely Don’t Know Much About the Solar System by Kenneth C. Davis The Solar System by Christina Malloy The Planet Gods; The Truth About the Solar System by Jacqueline Mitton Exploring The Solar System by Bruce LaFontaine Postcards From Pluto by Loreen Leedy There’s No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen What’s Out There? A Book About Space by Lynn Wilson The Planet Hunter: The Story Behind What Happened to Pluto by Elizabeth Risch and Guy Francis What Makes Day and Night? By Franklyn M. Branely and Arthur Dorros Voyage to the Bunny Planet by Rosemary Wells Stars! Stars! Stars! By Bob Barner Language Arts Strategies Brainstorming Students will brainstorm many different thought and ideas when writing poetry, and completing KWL chart Predicting Students will make predictions about weight and distances of the planets Revising Students will revise their writings about the solar system Visualizing Students will draw images in their minds of the stars as constellations while visiting the planetarium Playing With Language Students will use creative language when writing poems, observations, and postcards Language Art Skills Print Students will recognize words on student information board Comprehension Students will compare and contrast characteristics of planets when measuring, weighing, and completing Venn diagrams Students will note details about astronauts during the astronaut interview Language Students will appreciate rhyme and other poetic devices when writing poems Students will use similes and metaphors when completing simile worksheet Reference Students will read and make Venn diagrams on the characteristics of each planet Students will use a dictionary to find definitions Study Students will take notes on the space video Technology kidsastronomy.com Amazing Space Telescopes for http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/ viewing space Astronomy for Kids Radio for listening http://tqjunior.advanced.org Planet Surfin’ to music http://www.spaceday.com Photographs of Planetary Fact Sheets Space http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov Star Child: A Learning Center for Audiotapes of Young Astrologers Astronauts http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ Star Video The Magic School Bus Gets Lost in Space Websites Language Arts Modes Language Arts Listening Language Arts Visually • Audio versions of planets Representing Activities • Information Create a planet model • Teacher lecture on information Display poems • Listening to peers during discussion Observation Language Arts Viewing Activities Language Arts Reading • View models created Activities • Video on the solar system Read both non-fiction and • Class information board fiction material • Planetarium Poems • Photographs of planets Share journals with peers • Viewing the moon nightly Read daily facts and statistics from class bulletin board Language Arts Modes Language Arts Writing Activities Language Arts Speaking Activities Journal Entries Discussion Write a story about traveling in space Planet Persuasion KWL chart on the moon Read Stories about planets Solar System similes worksheet Acrostic Poem Data/daily moon observation Planet Postcard to a friend Riddles Grouping Patterns Large Group Discussions, field trip, class projects, videos, gym activities Small Group reading materials, writing assignments, peer conferences, art projects Individual audiotapes, graphing, measuring, observations, writing, reading CLASS SCHEDULE Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Morning Reading •Introduce •Read space •Have peer •Buddy Book •Independent planet order- vocabulary conferences on Reading reading using acronym words planet •Read story/ • use dictionary persuasion •Review similes •Read acrostic Don’t Know to find and metaphors poems to peers Much About the definitions to •Independent • Work on •Fun Facts Solar System words reading simile •Fun Facts •Fun Facts worksheet •characteristics •Fun Facts of solar system •Complete flipchart on Active board Writing In Journal •Write planet In Journal •Read In Journal Writing persuasion in Writing Postcards from Writing Prompt: If you journal using Prompt: Pluto Prompt: were an new vocabulary •Three things •If you created astronaut where words you would take •Planet your own would you go? with to the postcard constellation; moon and why •Finish acrostic describe it and •KWL chart on Acrostic poetry poetry draw what it solar system •Space word would look like scramble •KWL chart Music/P.E. P.E Music/Art P.E. Music/Art P.E. • Moon Jumping • listen to space • Star Shooting •Listen to space • Solar System Art • Man From music •Ring around music Shuffle Mars •Create planet Saturn •Constellation • Man From model project Mars Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Afternoon Math •Discuss how Problem •Review the Create Venn Star Math- much humans solving: distance diagrams internet weigh on each distances in the between comparing two number game planet… solar system planets/sun planets •Create bar •Measure the graphs of how distance one much students can jump from would weigh on planet to planet each planet Science •Review on •Draw and •Planetarium • Discussion on •follow up on characteristics discuss phases weather in the moon of planets of the moon •intro to solar system observation •View constellations sheets photographs of •Hand out •Rocket project solar system moon •Websites on •Read story •Magic School •Create murals observation stars and Bus Video of planets sheets constellations •Make Saturn CD project Social •Discuss •Discuss NASA discussion on Make and eat Journal about people in space •Browse NASA history of space food three people in Studies •Listen to websites and constellations space astronaut gather space Create Planet interview information Students Model complete constellation worksheet Assessment Observation of Journal Entries 6+1 Writing Traits Assessment on poem Class Observations Participation in discussion Graphs and Measuring Exercises Portfolio of completed work on unit Rubric on Planet Persuasion Moon observation sheet KWL chart Lesson Plan Grade 2 Subjects: Language Arts – Reading and Writing Materials: • List of Vocabulary Words • Students Journals • Dictionaries • Paper for Planet Persuasion • Rubric for peer conferences Standards: 2.1.3 Use a variety of reference tools to access information; i.e., tables of contents, dictionaries, Internet 2.3.6 Incorporate vocabulary into writing 2.3.15 Share final work with peers, teachers, and/or family members Objectives: The students will know how to use new vocabulary words in their planet persuasion.. The students will be able to understand the definitions of words using a dictionary. The students will write a planet persuasion and hold peer conferences to discuss their writing. Learning Activities: •The students will come up with a list of as many space words as they can in their journal. As a class we will read the words aloud and the students may add additional words to their list that they may not have. • Then I will give the students a list of 5 new vocabulary words dealing with space. As I write them on the board the students will copy them into their journal. • When the new words are written the students will get a dictionary and look up the definitions to the words. • In their journals they will complete the definitions for the words. As a class we will go over each word and discuss the definition. • Then I will explain the planet persuasion. Each student will pick one planet to visit. They are to persuade one person to come to their planet. The students will write their reasons as to why someone should visit them. The student must use three of the five vocabulary words in their persuasions. When the students are finished the students will hold peer conferences to discuss their writing. The students will use a sample copy of the rubric to go by. Assessment: For the assessment I will use a rubric. The rubric will be used to see if the students used correct grammar and punctuation. The rubric will also score the students on the vocabulary words used and if the overall writing makes sense and flows together. The rubric will contain a 1-5 rating scale in each area. 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. Reflection: What went well? What did not go well?
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