Lesson Title: Learning about the Solar System Teacherâ€™s Name: Katrina Baza, Tabitha Espina, Jamie Llegado, Alyssa Rosario, Matthew Sanchez, Naomi Uy Grade: 4th Grade Content Area: Science, Language Arts, & Technology Lesson Length (Total Time): 60 minutes Analyze Learners General characteristics Grade: Fourth Grade Age: 10-11 years Ethnic group: 12 Chamoru; 4 Filipino; 2 Pohnpeian; 2 Kosraean Sex: 6 Male and 14 Female Socioeconomic level: Low to Middle Special needs: 1 Visually Impaired (Accommodations and Modifications: Student will: - Be partnered with another student when doing the assignment, to repeat directions if necessary - Be given verbal instructions slowly and clearly - Be allowed additional time to complete the assignment - Be allowed to use a computer with text-to-speech capabilities enabled - Be allowed to use a computer with a larger display and larger text) Specific entry competencies Prior Knowledge: Students are familiar with the term solar system. Students are able to comprehend grade-appropriate material. Students have general knowledge of how to use a computer. Students are able to navigate through the Internet with little to no assistance. Students are most developed in their Science, Reading, Language Arts, and Technology skills. Learning styles Kinesthetic Visual Auditory The classroom consists of 20 students, 14 female and 6 male. The students range from the age of ten to eleven years old. One student has been identified as visually impaired. There is a mix of different ethnic backgrounds in the classroom, consisting of 12 Chamoru, 4 Filipino, 2 Pohnpeian, & 2 Kosraean. About 90 percent of the class is eager and ready to learn and enjoy school. The classroom consists of three learning categories: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. About 8 percent are visual learners, 10 percent are auditory, and 10 percent are kinesthetic. This lesson will appeal to students with the aforementioned
learning styles because they would watch the teacher give a demonstration on the procedure, follow directions, and use their hands for arranging, creating, and recording. Students have basic computer skills, including how to access the Internet and use a mouse and keyboard. The students also have prior knowledge of the solar system, as discussed in previous lessons.
State Objectives 1. Students will identify the 8 different planets of the solar system. 2. Students will describe the different characteristics of each planet. 3. Students will arrange the planets in order from closest to the sun to furthest from the sun. 4. Students will create an online poster describing a planet of their choice. 5. Students will record a short video clip describing what they learned about the planets in three sentences. Select Method, Media, and Materials Media and Materials 1. Webcam 2. Microphone 3. Speakers 4. Webcam 5. Projector 6. 20 computers with Internet Method 1. Group Learning 2. Independent Utilize Materials, Media, and Methods 1. One computer each for a class of 20 students with the following: a webcam, microphone, mouse, and connection to the Internet- Each student will be assigned to a computer. Each computer must have the aforementioned tools because it will be needed to complete their assignment. They are to use the webcam and microphone for the recordation of a video about what they learned about the planets of the solar system. The mouse makes it more convenient to navigate and play the online educational game and connection to the Internet provides access to the online video and educational game to be used to teach the lesson to the students. 2. Projector, Speakers- These materials are to be used in projecting the online media
in order to give whole class instruction and show examples to the students. Teacher should test the projector and speakers before delivering the lesson to ensure that they are functional. 3. Online Media (song video, online games, websites, Glogster) - Students will watch a video/listen to a song about the 8 planets of the solar system on the projected screen in the front of the class. Teacher will provide students with the URL of a main website, in which they will find all of the resources needed throughout the lesson. Teacher will explain how to play the online game and students will take turns playing the game on their group computer. Teacher will give instructions on how to create an online poster using a class version of Glogster EDU, and the students will create their own Glogster, stating specific information about one of the planets. Teacher will demonstrate how to record and submit videos using an Eyejot widget on the main website. Teacher may want to download the video, in case the Internet is slow or unable to work the day of the lesson. Require Learner Participation Introduction- The teacher will introduce the topic “The 8 Planets of the Solar System” to the class. The first activity will be taught using whole-class instruction. The teacher will play a video containing a song about the solar system, which focuses on the planets (http://vimeo.com/1616772). Students will not be viewing it on their group computers yet. After the video, the teacher will have the students identify the eight planets of the solar system by asking the class to name the planets aloud. (NOTE: Teacher will reiterate what was mentioned in the video that Pluto is a semi-planetary rock and no longer a planet.) Once the students have identified the planets, the teacher will teach the mnemonic device, “My Very Energetic Mars Just Served Us Nachos,” to assist the students in remembering the planets in order from closest to the sun to farthest from the sun. The teacher will then introduce a main website containing all the resources that students will use throughout the lesson (www.wix.com/tabithaespina/exploresolarsystem), organized by tabs for each activity. Exploration- Within the main website, under the “Research” tab, students will be introduced to other websites that they are to use to research and gather information about a planet of their choice (http://www.kidsastronomy.com/solar_system.htm, http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/). The teacher will allow the students to take notes on their chosen planet. They will be given about 15 minutes to take notes. Afterward they will continue to work in groups and click the “Games” tab to play two educational games: 1. To describe the characteristics of each planet (http://www.neok12.com/quiz/SOLSYS01) 2. To arrange the planets in order, from closest to the sun to farthest from the sun (http://www.ngflcymru.org.uk/vtc/planets_moons_dk_sides/eng/Introduction/MainSessionPart1.htm). Generalization- The teacher will explain how to use Glogster (www.edu.gloster.com) and will show students a sample done about the sun. Using Glogster on individual computers,
students will work independently to create an online poster about a planet of their choice , which they previously took notes on. Students will be told that the poster must contain the planet’s name, size, color, one distinguishing fact, and a picture of the planet. A rubric will be provided to assess the student’s assignment. They will then submit the URL of their Glogster as a comment within the “Share” tab of the main website. Application- The teacher will demonstrate how to record a video clip using the Eyejot widget within the website, under the “Video” tab. Then, students will record a video clip in which they state 3 sentences about what they learned about the planets. They are to use the computer individually to record the video.
Evaluate & Revise
Student Effectiveness- Student effectiveness will be assessed by using the following rubric:
Media Effectiveness- The teacher will be able to assess the effectiveness of the media by observing how well the students were able to use the information presented through the media. The teacher will need to ask oral questions to assess if the students were able to obtain the correct information. Teacher Effectiveness- Teacher effectiveness can be evaluated based on the studentsâ€™ ability to answer questions about the eight planets and how well they worked cooperatively to play the online educational games and created the online poster using Glogster. Teacher effectiveness can also be evaluated based on studentsâ€™ final grades on the rubric.