This product was created to match Tennessee State Standards for 6th grade Science. The standard that is mainly addressed by this activity is 0607.6.3, which involves determining the difference between day, year, and lunar cycles. This activity can address any standards involving cycles of the universe.
The first page of this activity should be done as a whole class. I frequently use hand motions and verbal chants to teach this material. As you model, teach, and act out the cloze activity, have the students fill in the blanks.
The second page of this activity is meant to be completed in partners. The students could highlight clues from each riddle. After discussing the clues, the groups should determine which cycle is being described. The groups should then explain why that is the cycle being described. Students could work in pairs or independently to fill out the table at the bottom of the page. The essay question at the bottom of the sheet is meant to be completed independently. The amount and level of writing required always varies for me based on the particular student. I highly differentiate what is required for the writing response. I have included an answer key for your convenience.
This handout could easily be reduced by 85% to be cut out and pasted into an Interactive Notebook.
If you have any questions or would like me to add anything, please let me know!