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Inner Planets

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Student creating foldable book about the Inner Planets

Objectives

  • Students will create a booklet about the inner planets after researching the characteristics of each planet.

Procedure

  • Teacher will explain research project to students and show an example of a finished project.
  • Teacher will make reference chart for students to use when doing research including six items to search for information about (size, moons, rotation, orbit, atmosphere/surface, and one interesting fact).
  • Teacher will go over terms such as rotation, orbit, surface and atmosphere. This will include using models such as a globe to demonstrate terms.
  • Teacher will ask for and answer questions to clarify instructions.
  • Students will use computers to research the characteristics of the inner planets.
  • Students will record their findings on their Planet Web worksheets or use Inspiration to make their own web.
  • After students have collected all information, they will get four different colors of card stock.
  • Have students fold the sheet in half, like a hot dog, but make one side 1 longer than the other. This will form a 1 tab that students can write on.
  • Fold the hot dog into thirds and then fold it in half. Open paper to find it divided into six sections. Help students to cut along the five folds to form six tabs. Students can then label the tabs according to the six areas of information they researched.
  • Students will then record their information under the appropriate tab.
  • Once students have finished a foldable for each planet, have them bind their foldables together to form a booklet.

Sunshine State Standards

  • SC.E.1.2.4: The student knows that the planets differ in size, characteristics, and composition and that they orbit the Sun in our Solar System (specifically Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars).
  • LA.A.2.2.5: The student reads and organizes information for a variety of purposes, including making a report, conducting interviews, taking a test, and performing an authentic task.
  • LA.B.2.2.1: The student writes notes, comments, and observations that reflect comprehension of content and experiences from a variety of media.
  • LA.B.2.2.4: The student uses electronic technology, including word-processing software and electronic encyclopedias, to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information.

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Students are proficient in the use of technology.
  • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
  • Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
  • Students use technology tools to process data and report results.

Materials

  • Computers
  • Pencils
  • Planet Webs/Inspiration
  • Card Stock (4 colors)
  • Scissors
  • Binding Materials
  • Chart paper/markers

Alternatives/Extensions

  • Students may use the information they collected to write a report.
  • Students may make a slide show about the Inner Planets.
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