Here it is-- the project YOU wanted to do about the Solar System! This is IT! The project you’ve been wanting to do since YOU were a KID . . .Build a 3D model of the rocket NASA used to fly Neil Armstrong to the Moon. . . Create a Mobile of Jupiter and its 4 Galilean moons. . . .Design a Website about Comets from the Oort Cloud and their thousands? millions? of brothers/sisters out there. . . Create an Animated Video TALE of Dwarf Pluto and its almost twin moon, Charon, their double orbit, its 4 other moons, and why it’s not considered a Full Planet but a Dwarf these days by the IAU. . . .
Everything you need is INCLUDED for the students to be self-directed, engaged, but well-guided throughout the timeline of working on their project! It includes slips of Project Topics to draw from,questions to research and approved hyperlinks to research-on, as well as a ChoicesBOARD to choose what FORM of product to put their info in, a Student & Parent Info sheet and Contract, a Grading RUBRIC with guiding questions to make sure they have all the information in their Project that is required, and how points will be distributed for their Grade. I even designed “Taking Notes/ Gathering Info” Sheets for students to collect the necessary info on, with those guiding questions, and a copy of the Rubric Column with all the necessary components to use as a checklist- for their final Project . This is very STEM/ STEAM, too! Students use both sides of the brain with this project- researching facts, but presenting them in a creative product- such as a model or animated film or booklet.
There are 35 topic slips to cut apart and place in a bog/box for each class, including: Dwarf Pluto/Charon system, Galilean Moon-Io, Planet:Venus, Voyager I's mission, or the NASA Mercury Program, just to name a few. Choices on the Choice BOARD include: Make a MiniPOSTER (or GlogsterEDU), GoogleDOC Slideshow), Create a Travel Journal (or Slideshow, Animoto), Build a 3D MODEL, Make a FlipBOOK (or Website, Slideshow, Animoto, Photopeach) Draw a Cartoon (or XtraNormal, ToonDOO) , Create a GAME, or even Film a Video w/a Rap, Song or Poem.
All topics have BOTH paper and online options, a vocabulary requirement with an extensive Vocab List, and certain requirements like it must include a diagram or chart or a personal reflection. There is even a place for your teacher email or other location, for kids to send their products to and what to put in their Journal/Notebook! FYI: I require EVERYTHING to be placed in the Journal/Notebook to be graded, except TESTs, for my NO PAPERS– EVER- Classroom--so I have included that Grading Rubric and instructions, as well. Have kids present their Projects, so you can grade them. and everyone learns! YOU WILL ROCK the REAL Solar System! I’ll bet you’ll learn something new, too!– I know I have over the past 9 years teaching this UNIT.
AND as an extra FREE Bonus– I’m including my 2 week UNIT Plans, Goals with strategy for preteaching Vocab, and my NEW GraphiQEXPLAIN MultiMedia Presentation with all the latest Space happenings (from NASA) and ways to get involved! The presentation has awesome hyperlinks to youtube videos and a corresponding Level 1 FRAME Booklet, plus Anticipation & EXIT Tickets for the Inner Planets--all to help you in Uncovering the REAL Solar System—from my almost finished-- complete Uncovering the REAL Solar System 2 week ActionUNIT—5E’s+way more!
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Jana--Science Rocks with Smalley!