Thursday, May 10, 2012

Up in the Air! It's a... PLANET!

We have begun our study of our solar system and the students are loving learning facts about each planet. Our StoryTown lesson this week is focused on all 8 planets (sorry, Pluto!), so we are extending that nonfiction piece with some research.

The students were put in groups of two or three and drew a planet from a hat. I took Earth out of the running as we know so much about our planet already. The students filled out this information organizer as they read through their planet-specific books.

After discovering new and interesting facts about their assigned planets, they students worked on making a poster. I asked the student to imagine we all work for a solar system travel agency and they need to get visitors to come to their planet. They worked hard on creating advertisements to be displayed in the classroom.

We also made a 3-D version of our solar system, complete with asteroid belt! They had so much fun with all the research this week. I love how involved the students got in learning more about the solar system.

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