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Use this graphic organizer to introduce the planets to your students. Using books, videos, or classroom instruction, students are asked to complete this graphic organizer by writing/copying five facts about each of the planets. This could be done as a group activity by assigning a planet to each person or group and then sharing information.
This document would be helpful as a beginning research project for elementary students or used as a planning organizer for older students.
This graphic organizer would also work as a science center.
Ask students to complete one of these pages for each planet. Students could make or print and illustration of each planet to accompany the corresponding Planet Profile Page and then collate all the pages into a book.
Any of these boxes can be enriched by requiring students to answer, “Why?” or “Where did you find that information?”
If handwriting is difficult for particular students, answers can be typed or written by someone else and then cut so they can be glued into the appropriate boxes. Additionally, students may want to cut and glue images of certain foods to complete the boxes asking for examples.
Complete portions of the chart for students who may need this support.
Indicate page numbers and/or materials where specific information can be found to complete this chart.
Use as part of your assessment cycle of pretesting, checking for understanding, and/or posttesting.
Consider enlarging at a local printing company or education agency to use as an anchor chart or large group teaching tool.
Enlarge on an Elmo, overhead projector, or interactive whiteboard for whole group instruction.
Use as part of any learning centers.
Use as part of carousel brainstorming.
Assign specific students or specific groups particular boxes or rows and then share those with other students or groups. Then, come back as a whole group to present and share information.
Cut the chart on the lines and use as a mixing and matching game. Use this as a center. This works especially well if the sheet is printed on cardstock, cut apart, and laminated. Photographs can be made of these for record keeping and sharing purposes. This can also be sent home as a review, communication, and sharing tool.
Print on cardstock and laminate. This allows the document to be used repeatedly by writing on it with dry erase or wet erase markers. Photographs or photocopies can be made of these for record keeping and sharing purposes.
Use as part of interactive notebooks. Print size may need to be adjusted depending on the size of notebooks being used.
Allow students to answer each box in a different color of ink or pencil to increase engagement, interest, and potential retention of material.