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Know Your Place in Space

Kathy Morgan
Sumter County Schools

Description

The purpose of this lesson is for the students to understand the positions of the nine planets in respect to our solar system and understand the unique characteristics of each planet.

Objectives

The student knows that the planets differ in size, characteristics, and composition and that they orbit the Sun in our Solar System.

The student understands the arrangement of planets in our Solar System.

Materials

-Books about the planets and solar system (Media Center/personal)
-Charts and diagrams of solar system
-Puzzles of solar system
-Interactive solar system (S & T Electronic)(Supplemental not required for lesson)
-SOLAR SYSTEM
Phou, Laura. SOLAR SYSTEM. Palos Verdes Estates, Califorina: Frank Schaffer Publications: 1988. (Supplemental not required for lesson)
-Poster board, markers, and colored pencils for students
-Solar system worksheet (See Attached File.)

Preparations

1. Locate charts and diagrams of solar system to display in the classroom.
2. Gather books about solar system at different levels. (Media Center/Personal)
3. Put puzzles and games where they are accessible to the students.
4. Have supplies ready for assignment: poster board, markers, and colored pencils for students.
5. Make copies of solar system worksheet. (See Attached File.)

Procedures

Before beginning this lesson students should have studied about the planets and solar system. This lesson is designed to reinforce and extend the studentís knowledge of the solar system.

1. Place resource materials (books, pictures, puzzles, and games) where students have access.

2. Display charts and diagrams so students can read to increase background knowledge or check for facts.

3. Begin the lesson by asking the students the question: Do you know your place in space?

4. Involve students in a discussion to check students' knowledge of solar system. Provide appropriate feedback.

5. Assign students into small groups of 2-3 each. Then assign each group a planet to design a poster with a picture and information about their planet. Inform the students to include on their poster the following information: name of planet, size, time it takes to revolve around the sun, rotate on its axis, other interesing facts about its surface and moons.

6. After students design their posters, have each group present its planet to the class and place the poster on the wall. In the students' presentations, they should share the following facts about their planets: name of planet, size, distance from sun, and number of moons. Students should give their presentation in the order of the planets from the sun with little or no help from the teacher.

7. To formatively assess student knowledge of the selected standards, have students independently complete the solar system worksheet. (See Attached File.)

Assessments

Students will demonstrate general knowledge of planets and solar system by completing a worksheet to determine if students understand the solar system.

Final projects will be assessed using an informal checklist for the following information: name of planet, size, time it takes to revolve around the sun, rotate on its axis, other interesing facts about its surface and moons.

Attached Files

The attached file contains the Solar System worksheet.†††††File Extension: pdf

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