Subject Area: Integrated and Science
Grade Level: Lower Elementary (1-3)
Describe the composition and structure of the universe and the Earth's
place in it.
Identify planets in our solar system and their general characteristics.
Describe the solar system motions and use them to explain time (e.g. days,
seasons) major lunar phases and eclipses.
An activity to reinforce a unit about the planets, sun, moon, and stars.
Student will demonstrate learning by:
matching planets with correct descriptions
correctly identifying space vocabulary
Our Spectacular Solar System by Stacie Stone (Copycat Press,
Making Books With Pockets: July: Space by Michelle Noble Barnett
(Evan Moor, 1999).
Introduction, Value, and Expectations:
The day prior to introducing a unit or the solar system, the teacher will
hang mobile with cutouts of planets, stars, meteors, astronauts, space
shuttles, and satellites from the ceiling. The next day, the teacher
will direct students’ attention to what they notice in the classroom.
Teacher will ask students, "What do you already know about our solar system?"
"What's in our solar system?" "How is our solar system structured?"
Teacher will use above listed resources to begin a unit on the Solar System.
Technological Aspect: To further develop student's knowledge, the
teacher will use the Internet website www.google.com to conduct a search
for images of the planets. These will be copied and pasted into an
Apple Works word processing document in a table format to create
a BINGO board. The teacher will then cut and paste, changing the
images to make as multiple BINGO cards. The teacher will then generate
a list of questions in a table format. The teacher will also make
a set of BINGO “chips” in a table format.
The teacher will print and mount BINGO cards, chips, and questions on separate
oak tag pieces. Each student will receive a BINGO card and the appropriate
number of chips. Teacher can play BINGO with a small groups of students,
whole class, or use this as a center activity.
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