Solar System

Subject: Natural science
Activity length: 90 min
Objectives:
  • Students will develop a basic knowledge of the Solar System.
  • Students will be able to identify the eight planets.
  • The student will be involved in a simple classroom debate.
Description:
Time Lesson stage Activities and formats used Materials used and scaffolding strategies planned
3 min Warm -up

 

Activity 1: Guessing the lesson

1.1  Teacher asks the questions:

·         What do you think the lesson will be about?

·         Can you guess the Wordle theme?

 

Annex 1. The Solar System Wordle.

 

12 min Activation

 

Activity 2: Glossary.

2.1 Drag the cards onto each other to make them disappear.

2.2 What do you know about the Solar System?

 

Available from:

https://quizlet.com/81350432/scatter

Annex 2.

Available from:

http://quizlet.com/24478434/space-flash-cards/

 

8 min

 

Input 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity 3: Watching a video „Solar System“

3.1 What objects can you find in the Solar System?

Available from:

http://www.covenantworks.com/Bouncy-A/video/OurSolarSystem.htm

 

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11 min

 

Semantization

 

Activity 4: Vocabulary development

4.1 Match the names with the definitions.

4.2 Read  and fill the gaps with the words.

 

Annex 3

Annex 4

 

11 min

Systematization

 

Activity 5: Crossword Puzzle

5.1 Write the correct words in the numbered grid.

Annex 5.
 

39 min

Consolidation,  revision, application (output)

 

 

Activity 6: Making up a mnemonic phrase.

Activity 7: Making a diagram.

7.1 What is the order of the planets in our solar system?

(Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)

7.2 Which of the planets is closest to the Sun? (Mercury).

Activity 8: Homework. Make a Mind Map on the computer.

8.1 Create a mind map which correctly lists each of the eight planets along with at least two characteristics for each.

Activity 8: “Yes, but” – Debate Game

Humans should colonize Mars.

Teacher eparates the class into two groups: Group A and Group B. Teacher tells an argument which the groups have to counter with another one.

Group A is the first to start, the first student in the line of Group A begins by countering the argument. He/she begins the sentence with: “Yes, but…”. When he/she finishes his/her sentence he/she goes to the back of his/her group. After all students had their say starting with “Yes, but…” finish the game.

Annex 6.

Annex 7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annex 8.

 

 

 

 

  Assessment Cumulative assessment and a ten-scale assessment system are applied.  
6 min Ending

 

Activity 9: What do you remember?

9.1 Teacher puts down the sentence prompts on the board and asks students to give their feedback on the things they learnt during this lesson.

9.2 Students look at the sentence prompts and finish them with their own ideas.

9.3 Teacher sums up the lesson.

Sentence prompts:

Reflection. Unfinished sentences.

I learned about….

I’d like to learn more about………

I enjoyed ………. and …

Assessment:

Cumulative assessment and a ten-scale assessment system are applied. Taking  formative assessment to review students‘ knowledge of this theme.

Additional notes:

Resources used

http://www.wordle.net/

http://quizlet.com/24478434/space-flash-cards/

https://quizlet.com/81350432/scatter

http://www.covenantworks.com/Bouncy-A/video/OurSolarSystem.htm

http://www.lextutor.ca/cloze/vp/

http://www.stargazer.htmlplanet.com/solar_system.html

http://www.puzzle-maker.com/CW/

http://www.montana.edu/wwwmor/education/NASAtrunks/planets.html

http://www.ziviler-friedensdienst.org/sites/ziviler-friedensdienst.org/files/anhang/publikation/zfd-art-debating-2059.pdf

http://www.ugdome.lt/kompetencijos5-8/pagrindinis/kompetenciju-ugdymo-praktika/aktyvaus-mokymo-ir-mokymosi-metodai-ir-ju-taikymo-pavyzdziai/vertinimo-ir-isivertinimo-refleksijos-metodu-taikymo-pavyzdziai/nebaigti-sakiniai/#title

http://www.debate.lt/uploads/File/DOKUMENTAI/2013/Debatu-knyga-internet.pdf

Oxford Student’s Dictionary for learners using English to study other subjects (2012) CD-ROM

Annex 1.

Look at the Wordle, talk with your group and guess what the lesson will be about.

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www.wordle.net

Annex 2.

Glossary

Asteroids – any of the many small planets that go around the sun.  Most asteroids orbit in a belt between Mars and Jupiter

Comet – an object in space that looks like a bright star with a tail and that moves around the sun

Meteor- a small piece of rock, etc. from space that enters the earth‘s atmosphere and makes a bright line in the night sky

Meteorite – a piece of rock from space that hits the earth’s surface.

Orbit – a curved path taken by a planet or another object as it moves around another planet,  star,  moon,  etc.

Planet- a very large round object in space that moves around the sun or another star

Natural satellite (moon) – a natural object that moves round a bigger object in space

Solar system – the sun and the planets and other objects that move around it the sun

Star- a large ball of burning gas in outer space that you see as a small point of light in the sky at night

http://quizlet.com/24478434/space-flash-cards/

Annex 3.

What objects can you find in the Solar System?

Match the names with the definitions.

1 The Sun                         a Small ball made of dust, ice and rocks that has a bright tail of light.

2 Asteroid                        b A large, round body made of rockand metal or of gas, which  moves around a star.

3 Comet                            c The enormous yellow star in the middle of the Solar System.

4 Natural satellites         d An object orbiting a planet.

5 Planets                           e A small, rocky body floating in space.

6 Meteor                           f A light made by a tiny piece of space rock or dust speeding through the Earth’s

atmosphere.

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Annex 4.

Reading. Fill the gaps with these words:

Earth Jupiter Mars Mercury Neptune Saturn Uranus Venus

 

There are 8 planets in our Solar System. They are [1]                           ,[2]                       , [3]                   , [4]                                                    , [5]                                              , [6]                                 , [7]                           , [8]                                  . [9]                                 is the planet where we live. It is the third planet from the sun after [10]                              and [11]                              . [12]                               looks blue from space because it is mainly covered by water. [13]                                 is the nearest planet and it takes 88 days to orbit the Sun. [14]                          is the hottest planet of the Solar System. [15]                            is so hot because it is surrounded by a very thick atmosphere which is about 100 times more massive than our atmosphere here on [16]                                 . [17]                                   is often called the red planet because it looks red. The Romans named the planet [18]                         after their god of war because red is the colour of blood and fire.

Answer Key:

There are 8 planets in our Solar System. They are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune . Earth is the planet where we live. It is the third planet from the sun after Mercury and Venus. Earth looks blue from space because it is mainly covered by water. Mercury is the nearest planet and it takes 88 days to orbit the Sun. Venus is the hottest planet of the Solar System. Venus is so hot because it is surrounded by a very thick atmosphere which is about 100 times more massive than our atmosphere here on Earth. Mars is often called ‘the red planet’ because it looks red. The Romans named the planet Mars after their god of war because red is the colour of blood and fire.

http://www.lextutor.ca/cloze/vp/

http://www.stargazer.htmlplanet.com/solar_system.html

Annex 5.

Using the Across and Down clues, write the correct words in the numbered grid below.

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Across

  1. 7th planet in our Solar System.
  2. The farthest planet in our Solar System.
  3. The smallest planet in our Solar System.
  4. The largest planet in our Solar System.

Down

  1. Planet famous for its rings.
  2. The blue planet
  3. The hottest planet in our Solar System.
  4. The Red planet

Answer Key:

Across  1-Uranus, 3 – Neptune, 6- Mars, 7 – Jupiter

Down  2- Saturn, 4- Earth, 5- Venus, 6- Mars

http://www.puzzle-maker.com/CW/


Annex 6.

6.  Making up a mnemonic phrase is a good way to remember the order of the planets, from closest to the Sun to furthest away. In a mnemonic phrase, the first letter of each word helps you remember a list of things. Can you create other mnemonic phrases to help you remember the order of the eight planets from the Sun?

My
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Very
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Educated
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Sent
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Noodles
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http://www.montana.edu/wwwmor/education/NASAtrunks/planets.html


Annex 7.

Diagram of the Solar System

Fill in names of the planets. Can you colour this?

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Annex 8.

Create a mind map which correctly lists each of the eight planets along with at least two characteristics for each.

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