Space Planets Unit {1st 2nd CCSS Informative Writing + Craft Project}

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Explore our place in space with this exciting writing unit! This unit is packed with activities to get our students interested in learning about our solar system's planets though research and writing.

The following is included:

1) Word Bank - Display the word cards and pictures to a classroom word bank. Students can use the words to refer to when writing.

2) The Solar System Posters and Printables - Use these resources to teach and review information about the solar system. There are two versions: one with Pluto and one without.

3) Solar System Cards Center Activity - Print the cards single sided or back-to-back on card stock, then cut. Once your students have learned about the objects in the solar system, use these cards to continue to review information.

4) Informational Writing Templates - Use these resources to incorporate the writing process as student research and write about planets and objects in the solar system. Color and black & white templates are included.
•Research Webs
•Writing Templates
•Rough Drafts
•Editing Sheets
•Presentation Copies (writing sheets and planet or space object cover)

5) My Trip to the Moon Story - With these resources, students write a story about a trip to the moon. The focus is on including sensory descriptions. Students begin by brainstorming about the trip, and then write a rough draft. After editing and revising, students rewrite their story on the rocket ship writing paper. Display student writing on a black bulletin board bedazzled with glittery stars.
•Story Elements Brainstorming Sheet
•Rough Draft Sheet
•Editing Sheet
•Display Craftivity (Rocket Ship and astronaut)

6) My Place in Space Booklet - This booklet is inspired by the books, Me on the Map and Me and My Place in Space, both by Joan Sweeney. After reading them, have students make this booklet to reinforce geography and map skills.

7)Resources - I’ve included lists of resources to support your students with making text connections and researching information about the solar system.
•Literature and Text Connections
•Websites
•Videos

This unit resources for the following planets and space objects:
sun
Mercury
Venus
Earth
moon
Mars
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
Pluto
astroid
meteor
stars


These lessons are based on Common Core Writing Standards for 1st grade, but work very well for kindergarten and 2nd grade, as well. Its the perfect unit for a homeschooling families!
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You might be interested in some of my other units:
Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Thematic Bear Unit

The Little Red Hen - Kindergarten and 1st Grade CCSS Thematic Unit

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Space Planets Unit {1st 2nd CCSS Informative Writing + Cra
Space Planets Unit {1st 2nd CCSS Informative Writing + Cra
Space Planets Unit {1st 2nd CCSS Informative Writing + Cra
Space Planets Unit {1st 2nd CCSS Informative Writing + Cra
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