This is a first grade solar system unit aligned to the Common Core State Standards with an emphasis on R.I.1.5, W.1.2, R.I.1.6, and S.L.1.5. This unit can be used with ANY informational text about the solar system. I used trade books on the different planets that I borrowed from the local library. I read aloud just sections of each of the books to the students. I typed a summary of each of the planets (included in this unit!) to use as a handout for the students, and we read that aloud every day as a class. I also gave the students text dependent questions (included in this unit!) that they had to answer using their solar system hand out. The students LOVED this unit!
For their performance assessment, the students had to write an informational text that included a table of contents, information pages on each of the planets and the sun, and a glossary in alphabetical order and the students had to create a model of the solar system at home. The students then had to present their model to the class and speak about their model. Each of these were assessed with the unit rubric.
The unit includes a unit plan, directions for the student performance assessment, and a grading rubric for all parts of the performance assessment. The unit is designed to last 5 weeks, with the fifth week being used for the performance assessment. In this unit, the performance assessment consists of writing an informative book that includes a table of contents, headings, and a glossary, creating a model of the solar system, and presenting their model to the class.
Included in this unit:
- Unit plan
- Directions for the student performance assessment
- Grading rubric for the performance assessment
- Informational text book template (each page creates 2 student pages when cut vertically down the middle of the page to save paper)
- Sample student pages of their informational text on the solar system
- 4 page solar system text summary handout on each of the 8 planets, the moon, and the sun
- 1 worksheet for EACH of the 8 planets, the moon, and the sun to go along with the text summary handout
- 1 quiz for EACH of the 8 planets, the moon, and the sun
- 3 page comprehension test for the entire unit
- Sample letter to send home to parents explaining the solar system model the students are required to make at home
The performance assessment rubric is a great summative assessment and can be a great student example for bulletin boards! I put each student's book, graded rubric, and picture with their model inside a plastic sheet protector and put it on my bulletin board. When I ran out of space, I went down the hall! If you have any questions or difficulties with the document, please contact me.