Outer Planets Lab - Save yourself a ton of time and allow students to learn about the outer planets using this differentiated station lab. By the end of the lab they will be able to describe the characteristics of the outer planets and how they move around the Sun
The outer planets station lab is a plug and play unit that is meant to accompany my FREE Kesler Science Station Lab Series
. Download that start-up guide to learn more about how to use it in the classroom.
In this unit the students will learn about the characteristics and movement of the outer planets. The Inner Planets Station Lab
is also available.
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There are 8 total stations for the station lab (plus 2 signs for break stations if needed). Each station includes all of the signage, literature, resources, and task cards for the students to complete them independently or with a group. The outer planets lab will also require a few laboratory items that you likely already have in your lab for the Explore It! station. This lab requires a meter stick and a large 100 foot hallway for one of the stations.
Explore It! – This station will be a hands-on demo or experiment that allows the student to connect the information through application of gravity. In this particular lab students be building a scale model of the solar system using a meter stick and cards provided.
Illustrate It! – This station allows the student to sketch or draw out the concept that they are learning. This allows for better recall and retention of new information.
Read It! – At this station students will find a short passage relevant to the outer planets and have to answer 3-4 multiple choice questions about the reading. There are two reading passages: an on-level version and a modified version.
Watch It! – Students will watch a short video at this station and answer questions relevant to their learning. This station can be setup with class computers/tablets, SMART board, or even a teachers computer.
Organize It! – The students will be working with a card sort or manipulatives at this station. These are included with each of my units.
Write It! – At this station the students will be responding to 2-4 short answer prompts that will allow them to communicate their knowledge in complete sentences.
Research It! – This station will be a website that students will go to learn more information about the topic. Students will perform tasks and answer questions on their lab sheet. This station can be setup with class computers/tablets, SMART board, or even a teachers computer. If no computers are available you can double up one of the other stations and replace this module. Easy.
Assess It! – The students will demonstrate their knowledge of the outer planets using a series of task cards with more formal questions.
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