This is a complete Project Based Learning (PBL) unit on the 8 major planets in our Solar System. This 4-5 week unit is aligned to both Common Core Standards for writing, speaking and listening, and Arizona State Standards for science and planets. Through this PBL, students will work to select a planet that is most sustainable for human life by researching each of the major planets. Following the selection of their planet, students will create a survival guide and develop a prototype colony for living on the selected planet. The final presentation is completed in groups in order to select which colony is most sustainable for life.
This unit includes:
- Full planning forms developed using the template provided from the Buck Institute
- Full rubrics for the research database, survival guide, final settlement proposal, and presentation (adapted from the Buck Institute)
- Project in a Nutshell form to assist in delivering project expectations to students
- Smart file with daily Ticket In/Ticket Out questions and driving question prompts
- Research database packets (regular research packet, modified packet with more direction/fill in the blank for special needs students, and non-linear bubble form)
- Rotation revolution fill in the blank quiz
- Frayer model template for teaching rotation and revolution vocabulary
- Rotation/Revolution Newspaper Article assignment with rubric
- Weaknesses analysis form to analyze relative strengths and weaknesses of colonies during presentations
- Title Page and Driving Question page for display in classroom
This is a PBL unit, which means it is easily adaptable to fit the needs of individual classrooms and students. The forms provided are created in Word, and can be easily modified to meet the needs of varying state standards or classroom needs.
Planets - Project Based Learning Unit
by Brittany Dyer-Hurdon
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