|The Solar System is made up of the
sun, nine planets, and a large number of comets and asteroids. People
have actually seen earth from space, they live on the space station.
Did you know that there is not a washing machine on the space station?
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Standards For Fourth Grade
S4E1: Students will be able to compare and contrast the physical attributes of stars, star patterns, and planets.
a. Compare the similarities and differences of planets to the stars in appearance, position, and number in the night sky.
b. Explain why the pattern of stars in a constellation stays the same, but a planet can be seen in different locations at different times.
c. Identify how technology is used to observe distant objects in the sky.
|This web page is based on the
fourth grade earth science Georgia Performance Standard. This site will
enable students to explore the wonders of the solar system as well as
view informaiton of life in space.
1. What is everyday life like in space?
Activity 2: ( Optional)
1. How are the eating habits different on the space station? Let's play with canday and find out!
5. Product: Upon completion of this activity students will be able to make future predictions about floating food in space. Also, students will be able to view how a meal on the space station is different from eating on earth.
Just For Fun: Once students have completed activity one and/or activity two, they may click on Life in Space to play a game sbout living in space.
A special thankyou to my reference for the ideas and lessons for activity one and two.
This site is amazing!
3: The Solar System Model
1. Which planets are inner planets and which planets are outer planets? Why are planets seen in different locations st different times?
2.PLO: From this activity, the student will become familiar with the nine planets of the solar system as well as the sun in which they orbit.
Prior to following these procedures students must explore this site. Scroll down the page to where it says "Solar System Model." The following links contains information that will promote critical thinking among students. Teacher may have to modify informaiton while reading depending on the nature of the class. However, theses sites are helpful in reaching our primary learning outcome. As a class view and discuss the following links:
1. The Solar System
Read information under "All About Our Solar System."
Read under " General Information on Mercury."
Read under "Introduction To Venus."
Read under "Introduction To Earth."
Read under the "Red Planet."
Read under "Jupiter."
Read under "General Inforamtion On Saturn."
Read under "General Informaiton on Uranus."
Read under "General Information on Neptune."
Read under "Pluto."
Make students aware of Nicolaus Copernicus, however, website is too in depth for this age.
Just For Fun: Upon completion of this activity, visit this website and explore our solar system.
A Special thank you to my reference for the ideas and information concerning actvity three.
4: Making A Comet in the classroom
1. What does a comet look like?
2.PLO: From this activity, students will gain knowledge of a comet by constructing their own in the classroom.
Making a six inch comet:
5. Product: After completing this activity students will have obtained knowledge about a comet in space as well as participated in the construction of the comet enabling background information to understand how a comet works.
Upon Completion of this activity students will view this site and draw and label their own comet as well as view more facts on the comet.
A Special thank you to my reference for the ideas and inforamtion concerning this activity.
Sites on the Solar System:
1.Astronomy For Kids
3. Earth's Seasons
4.Tour the Solar System
Software One: Microsoft Word 2003
Published by: Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Word is an excellent program to have in the classroom. It enables students to master writing skills as well as spelling and grammar skills. This program has a spell check that notes spelling and grammar errors which will become clear to the student.
Description of Use: Each student will write a short story about living on the space station with their family. What adjustments would have to be made? Would you enjoy this type of life? Why or Why not?
Evaluation: This program is a great writing tool for the classroom. The only problem that may arise would be learning to maneuver the tool bar. At the elementary level, the complications of teh tool bar may cause a problem for some students who are not fimiliar with working on a computer.
Software Two: Microsoft Paint
Published by: Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Paint: is an excellent art tool for the classroom. This type of art is clean and easily edited if mistakes occur. Also, this enables the student to explore the program and gain a base knowledge of the tool bar.
Description of Use: Students will use this program to illustrate the sun as well as the nmine planets that orbit around the sun.
Evaluation: Microsoft word is an easy program to manipulate. Students of all ages will be able to explore options and create a picture. However, students at a young age may have trouble creating lines and shapes on this program. It is more difficult than crayons and paper.
Software Three: The Magic School Bus
Published by: Misrosoft
The Magic School Bus Explores the Solar System
Description of Use: Students will use this program to study the solar system in a fun and interesting way. Facts about the solar system will be presented through tours and games. Students will remain engaged in these fun activities while embedding knowledge about outer space. Also, with this program students feel that they are actually aboard the bus taking the tour themselves.
Evaluation: I feel that this program is beneficial for all ages. It is easy to manipulate and it captures interest to promote learning. I do not feel that this program would present a problem in the classroom.
Software Four: Interfact
Published by: Two-Can Publishers
Description of Use: Students will use this program to examine aspects of the Solar System. This program will enable students to read the text and apply the software program to the information in which they have read. The text and the program create an unbeatable team about learning the facts of the Solar System.
Evaluation: I feel that this program is beneficial to the all students in the classroom. This promotes reading skills as well as computer skills in an interesting way for young students. The only problem that may be presented is this type of software distributed to students may be damaged easily.
Software Five: NASA's Voyager Missions
Published by: Springer
Description of Use: Students will use this program to investidate voyages into outer space. These missions are described in detail for the students to examine the trials and benefits of these voyages into space. Also, students will be able to examine the inside of a space shuttle and the types of responsibilities that occur inside.
Evaluation: I feel that this software is beneficial in allowing the students to explore voyages into space as well as providing facts about our Solar System. The only problem that I feel the software may create is it is costly and may be damaged easily.
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