Students will create a Foldable Report on a planet in our Solar System. This unit is aligned to Common Core Writing Standards ~ W.2, W.4-6, W.7 (Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.), W.8 (Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.) and W.10. Pictures of real finished projects included!
What You Get:
~Directions and How-to Assemble Guide
~Planet Project Foldable Outline~ description, requirements, and expectations (student handout)
~Planet Partners sign-up sheet for recording and assigning planet partners
~Foldable covers for all planets
~Coloring key for foldable covers
~Letter writing templates for Letter to Teacher- p. 21 for 1 pg. letters and p. 22-23 for letters exceeding 1 pg.
~Templates for Top 5 Facts and “If I could live on _______ for one day….” prompt.
~Frames for illustrations/pictures and lines for captions (2 versions)
~Bibliography template and how to cite examples
~10 note cards for research. Note card labels are: Size, Place from the Sun, Composition, Origin of the name, Number of moons, Number of rings, temperature, colors, 5 Interesting Facts and Misc. info.
~Photos of examples of finished projects
1. Planet Letter to Teacher:
You have been chosen to join a scientific expedition to the planet you are researching. While you are there you write a letter to your teacher describing your planet. Your letter to me should include an accurate description of your planet. Be a scientist! Use your 5 senses- What does it look/smell/taste/feel/sound like? Is there life?
Make sure to include the following in your letter:
Place from the Sun
Composition- What is it made up of?
Origin of name- Who was it named after? Where did the name come from?
Number of moons
Number of rings
2. Planet Foldable:
You will create a foldable lapbook to further demonstrate what you’ve learned about your planet. Your foldable must include the following:
Cover page, accurately depicting your planet
Top 5 interesting facts that you learned about your planet
Your planet letter to your teacher
A well written paragraph on the following prompt: “If I could live on _________(your planet) for one day…”
At least two pictures/illustrations with captions
Source note card envelope with note cards included
Have fun researching and enjoy the finished projects! My kids love this project every year! Please leave feedback! :)