Let's Research: A Solar System Project

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An independent file folder project!

This science file was designed to give your students a place to research and organize their solar system content.

The Solar System File includes:

*Student Directions
*File Folder Components
*Solar System File Label (The box with their name and picture)
*The Sun Box
*Vocabulary Boxes
*Mini Poster Planet Facts Section
*Tourism Paragraph
*Planet Mini Poster
*Planet Facts Chart
*Space Equipment Boxes
*Opinion Paragraph
*Space Exploration Timeline
*Are the Risks Worth the Rewards?
*Solar System Planet Facts Chart
*Planet Poster Project Rubric
*Answer Keys

This file folder can work with any textbook/library/online solar system resource you use in your classroom.

I have used this file several different ways. Usually the students and I work through the front cover pieces together as a class. This includes introducing the unit, talking about the Sun and gravity and filling in the vocabulary boxes. Once the front is complete, I give them a set amount of time (depending on the length of the unit) to complete the planet tourism project. If time permits, I have students present their projects to the class over a two day period. I find knowing they have to share their planet poster and paragraph makes them more inclined to provide accurate, well-researched information. I also have each student complete a Solar System Planet Facts chart as they listen to their classmates present their projects. Since each planet will be presented more than once, they have several chances to record the information.

When completing the back, I place the students in groups. They read through the timeline together jotting down the necessary information in the equipment boxes. Then we read “Are the Risks Worth the Benefits” and discuss how space travel has improved life here on Earth, as well as what it has cost those families who have lost loved ones. At this point I either allow the students to pick a side before writing their paragraph or I have them draw a side out of a hat. After all students have completed their paragraph we have a lively debate over the costs and benefits of space travel.

This project is easily organized onto a single file folder. It is easy to store and easy to transport!

A blog post with pictures of a completed project can be found here.

If you have any questions about this project, please email me at ahousecalledhome@gmail.com.

Thank you!
Jennie Sulfridge
A House Called Home

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