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					Title: The Solar System

Table of Contents:

       Round and Round They Go!

       Sun Collage

       By the Light of the Silvery Moon

       Earth on the Move

       Pulled by Gravity


       Teaching the solar system is an important way for students investigate and

understand the ways in which the world works. It is something that we try and find out

more about every day and children know that there are astronauts that fly into space, but

they don’t know all the reasons for why they do. Having my students study a little about

the planets, the moon, the earth, gravity, and the sun will show them and give them ideas

in which the way things work. In this lesson they will discuss, do many activities, and

provide work that shows that they have found an understanding of what the solar system

is. They will do all of these experiments during their science class. They will show their

science investigations by doing hands on activities that will show them first hand why

things are done the way they are. These experiments are what really allow them to do

their investigations and observations that are a whole part of what the science curriculum


Visual Representation: Look at separate sheet of paper.

Preparing the Learning Environment:
       Strategies that I used to set up my classroom was to get all of my books out about

the solar system and put them on the book shelf so they are accessible for the children to

read. I would also set up and make a new bulletin board that was about the Solar System

as well. I would put the planets on it and label each of them. Not only would I have a

bulletin board ready, but I would have wall space open so that when the students are done

with their projects they will be able to look at them hung on the wall for a few weeks.

All of these things would allow for them to keep going back and relearning information

on their own in order to help keep it in their long term memory. The other thing I would

do to set up my classroom would be to implement the solar system unit in all the other

academic areas. So while it is center time, they are still being reminded of what the solar

system is in writing, math, reading, art, and so on.

Unit Goals:

       The major goals for my students are for them to understand how important it is

for the Sun, the Moon, Earth and the Planets to work together. They should know that

the Sun is one of the biggest contributors to each of the other topics we will be studying.

They should know that the Planets rotate around the Sun in an orbit. They will know that

every living thing on Earth is dependent on the Sun because the Sun provides heat, light,

and energy. They will know that the Moon cannot produce its own light; that it reflects

the Sun’s light. They will know that Earth revolves around the Sun about once a year and

it is this orbit that creates the four seasons. Finally, they will learn what gravity is and

how important it is that we have it.

Lesson Plan Sequence:

Look at separate lesson plans.

        The content knowledge used to teach this mini-unit you need to know what the

Solar System is, and what it consists of. Once you know this you can provide them with

information about what the nine planets are and what order they go in from the sun. You

will need to know that the Planets orbit the sun and that it takes Pluto a much longer time

than it does Mercury. You will also need to know that the Sun is what provides heat and

light and that it plays a crucial role in the water cycle. You need to know this in order to

explain to your students why every living thing on Earth is so dependent on the Sun. You

will also need to know the out Earth orbits around the Sun and that it take 365 days for

Earth to complete one orbit. Earth’s orbit around the Sun creates the seasons. For

several months each year half of the Earth is tilted toward the Sun, receiving maximum

sunlight (summer); the other half is tilted away, receiving minimum sunlight (winter).

You will also need to know that gravity is the force of attraction between objects. The

other information you must know for this lesson is that the Moon doesn’t produce its own

light; it reflects the Sun’s light.

Unit Culminating Activity:

        This would be a review of everything we learned by asking questions and them

giving me answers to show that they understood everything we did and why we learned

it. The other part would be to go back and look at the projects and activities we did and

for them to see it all one more time. Then I would tell them that this Unit will lead us

into our next unit which would be all about Space Travel.


Solar System- Curriculum-based Hands-On activities, form The Mailbox, grades 1-3
Home/School Connection:

       I would send home a letter before we started the unit and let the parents know that

there is a lot that they can do at home with their children regarding the solar system. I

would ask tell them that there are many books they could read with their children and

then give them a list of some. I would also say to them that they could go outside at night

and star gaze with the children and show them a little bit about what the solar system is

about. They could also talk to their children about the different seasons and ask them

questions about why the season is when it is. It would be all simple inexpensive stuff that

parents can do at home with their children.

Book List:

Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeney

The Planets by Gail Gibbons

The Planets by Cynthia Pratt Nicolson

The Planets in Our Solar System by Franklyn M. Branley

Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun: A Cherokee Story by Geri Keams

Like Butter on Pancakes by Jonathan London

The Sun by Paulette Bourgeois

The Best Book of the Moon by Ian Graham

The Moon by Isaac Asimov

The Moon by Gail Gibbons

The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole

Our Planet Earth by Claire Llewellyn

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