Get your students thinking critically with this lesson that has them comparing the physical characteristics of the moon to the physical characteristics of Earth. In the first lesson, students brainstorm about the earth and the moon, then use the characteristic cards to create a Venn Diagram. In the performance portion, they again compare at a higher level by using reference material to add to their charts. Science Notes are included for reading in the content area, as well as teacher notes and background. Rubrics are included for assessment.
These lessons match the Texas TEKS Grade 5(8) Earth and space. The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among the Sun, Earth, and Moon system. The student is expected to: (D) identify and compare the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon.
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of science. (5.2) The student uses scientific methods during field and laboratory investigations. The student is expected to (E) construct simple graphs, tables, maps, and charts using tools to organize, examine, and evaluate information.