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Fourth graders research the objects in the sky. In this solar system lesson, 4th graders investigate planets, the Earth's features, gravity, orbiting, and characteristics of the moon. Students illustrate, research, construct a telescope, observe, draw conclusions, and present findings to their peers.
Fifth graders gain knowledge about Mars and Earth. In this compare and contrast lesson, 5th graders use visual representations of the solar system to observe the characteristics of the planets. Students read fiction and nonfiction materials about Mars and create a brochure about life on Mars.
Have your class learn about the solar system using this hands on technique. Learners review what they know about the planets, and create a clay model of the solar system. There are a list of resource links to make this instructional activity a complete and interesting experience.
Looking for a good, technology-based science lesson for your 3rd graders? This lesson is worth a look! They will utilize PowerPoint to create a presentation for the class on a planet of their choice. They also use document cameras, a scanner, and perform internet research to gather facts and about their planet. An excellent lesson!
In this writing prompt activity students are asked to use personification in discussing the redefinition of "planet Pluto" to "dwarf planet." Students are asked to communicate the feelings of the planet as it pertains to its reclassification by the International Astronomical Union.
Miss Frizzle's class provides the inspiration for your young learners! Read "The Magic School Bus Explores Outer Space," and discuss the solar system. First learners will complete a KWL chart about a planet they're assigned to. Then, as a class, review capitalization and punctuation rules. Finally, they research their planet.
Second graders research climate and landforms on nine planets in our solar system, choose one planet to visit, gather information about their chosen planet's climate and landforms, and "invent" space suit that would enable them to survive on this planet, and vehicle that would allow them to explore planet.
Students explore the solar system. In this planets lesson plan, students learn about the other planets in the solar system. They watch a video clip from National Geographic on the solar system, compare and contrast the planets and create a smaller scale model of the planets.