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Vocabulary Cards – The cards can be used on bulletin boards, or even just as a quick set of cards that you introduce before reading the chapter. For group activities, I like to give a vocabulary card to a group and have them create mini posters to go with each word. This can be done before or after the story has been read.
Vocabulary Star Interactive- Students will cut out the six pointed star. Glue should only go in the middle of the star because each point will be where students write the definition on the back. Use the rest of the room around the star to have students draw pictures to go with each vocabulary words.
Lesson 1 Interactive- Students will color each planet by the color instructed. Under the thermometer students will glue the planets in order from cold to hot depending on their color. Students will need to read the short summary in order to know how to order them by temperature. The post-it note will need glue only at the top so students can write under the flap.
Lesson 2 Interactive- Students can read the summary at the top, and then will need to draw a diagram comparison of the size of Earth compared to the sun. The second flap will have the picture first and students will write a summary on how the beach girl , sand and water were affected by the sun.
Lesson 3- Pentagon Fold to explain gravity. Students will glue the Earth to the blank pentagon that will be face up once folded. Then students will be asked to draw arrows pointing in towards the center of Earth to show where gravity pulls. Since the textbook does not really explain the meaning of noncontact force, a definition section is added. Talk and write activity will be to explain gravity depends on size! Students will need to glue down the baseball game picture and label the path of the ball by force, overcoming gravity and gravity.
Lesson 4 – Diagram of the telescope study- Students can learn the insides of a telescope. They can also learn the path of light inside of the scope. For more of a STEM approach students will need to brainstorm household items that they could use to create a telescope. The second flap activity will need to be side by side to use a <,>, or = comparison. Students will also need to quickly draw the different amounts of stars they can see with or without a telescope.
Lesson 5- Radiant Energy – Math comparison glue down. Students will see how a math ray, and a sun’s ray are similar. A reminder post-it will bring back the water cycle learned in previous grades. Students will explain why the sun is so important in the water cycle. A diagram showing the temperatures differences in the shade versus direct sunlight is included. After discussing how the text feature shows radiant energy, students will write to summarize in their own words. A checklist of academic vocabulary is included to keep writers on track.