The solar system is fascinating and EVERYTHING you need to teach a science unit on the solar system can be found here! This 2 week, 87 page solar system unit includes:
+ 7 S.T.E.A.M. Based Science Lessons on Everything Solar System: Lessons allow students to investigate the difference between rotation and revolution, the phases of the moon, why we have seasons, the characteristics of the planets, the difference between terrestrial planets and gas giants, famous astronomers, and the relationship between the Earth, moon, and sun. Every lesson is very hands-on and incorporates lots of critical thinking. Experiments incorporate the scientific method. Hands-on components include experiments, investigation through art, constructing 3D moons, center activities, research projects about the planets, sorts, and transforming your classroom into the solar system. All lessons are aligned with state standards.
+ 6 Worksheets: These include student observation sheets for experiments and centers, close reading passages and comprehension questions, center instruction cards, and review worksheets.
+ 2 Quizzes: One quiz covers the phases of the moon and the relationship between the Earth, moon, and sun. The other quiz is used to assess student knowledge about the planets.
+ 3 Center Activities: 3 centers utilizing sorts and task cards to help students review the order and characteristics of the planets.
+ 1 Planet Book: Students will create a book as they research the planets.
+ 1 Moon Phase Book: Students will create a book, to take home, so that they can observe the moon and it’s phases for up to 15 consecutive days.
+ 1 Poster: Features a saying to help students remember the order of the planets.
+ 2 Sorts
+ 1 Famous Astronomer Foldable
+ 4 Entry/Exit Tickets
+ 1 Parent Letter: A letter to send home to parents at the beginning of this solar system unit explaining what students will be learning about and asking parents for assistance by helping their child at home.
+ 2 Sets of Word Wall Cards: One set of word wall cards with pictures and another set with only the term on each card. 50 word wall cards total.
+ 1 Solar System Final Test: Used to assess on the final day of the unit.
+ 1 Time Line of Suggested Activities: Provides a time line for using the activities and experiments included within this set and provides links to websites featuring videos of concepts being taught.
+ Answer keys included throughout
Terms used throughout unit:
Virginia Science SOL: 4.7 & 4.8
North Carolina Science Standards: 4.E.1.1, 4.E.1.2
Next Generation Science Standards: 5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS1-2
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