This Unit has 4 lessons, a 55 slide power point with animations, writing prompts, task cards, centers, student learning maps, and activities! Your kids will love this unit!
I designed all of my "space units" to go along with an interactive animated power point that will help engage your students with great visuals and opportunities for learning. Each of these four lessons has anywhere from 7-23 power point slides to guide you through the lesson. Each lesson also includes a 5E style lesson plan format.
Lesson One investigates the question "Why don't we see stars during the daytime?" This lesson focuses mainly on the brightness of our sun and how that affects our view of the sky. Students will learn facts about the sun, and crucial background information for the rest of the unit.
Lesson Two investigates the question "How would you recognize patterns of stars in the night sky?" This lesson focuses on constellations, and shows students how to recognize the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, and Orion. The powerpoint also has a visual that will help students find recognize the north star! There is also a hyperlink to a constellation activity at the end.
Lesson Three investigates the question "How can you describe how enormous the universe is?" This lesson is very large, and includes 23 slides on the powerpoint! Students will see great visuals explaining how many stars there are in our galaxy, how many galaxies are in the universe, and even investigating relative size of bodies in our universe. Students will be amazed at infinite size of the universe when they are finished with this lesson.
Lesson Four investigates the question "How does the movement of Earth affect what we see in the night sky?" This lesson focuses mainly on the movement of Earth through space. Students will learn how the rotation of Earth affects our view of the stars and constellations like Orion. Students will also gain understanding as to why it is hotter in the summer. Not because we are closer to the Sun, but because we are tilted towards the Sun, which provides more direct sunlight.
Lesson 5: End of Unit Assessment: This assessment is a comprehensive test that covers the entire unit. The answer key is included.
This unit also comes with lots of printables!
-4 lesson plans (5 E Model)
-14 Question End of Unit Assessment
-Student Learning Map for vocabulary acquisition
-Constellation Character Map (activity or lesson 2 accompaniment)
-3 writing prompts (opinion, expository and persuasive)
-Stars Relative Size (center/activity) math integrated (multiplication)
-Brightest Stars (center/activity) math integrated (place value)
-Design a constellation (center/activity)
-The universe & more (worksheet)
-Answer keys included!
Your students will love this unit! You may even learn something about earth in space and time as you teach it!
Turn off the lights and have your kids say "3-2-1 Blastoff" and they will be transported to space for your science lessons in this unit.
If you like this unit, I also have a unit on Earth's movements (revolution and rotation) and a unit about the moon phases. Enjoy!
55 PPT slides, 15 printable pages not including the answer keys