The Solar System<br />4th Grade<br />By Kelly Haran<br />
Phase I: Relative Advantage<br /><ul><li>I would like my students to be able to take a trip to the solar system. By using the Internet, students will be able to view the solar system through interactive games, videos, and pictures.
The Internet is a wonderful source for students to gather information on topics that cannot be explored in the classroom. Students are able to go to space without leaving the classroom.
The websites in which I use for this topic are all available online and are credible sources.</li></li></ul><li>Phase II: Objectives and Assessment<br /><ul><li>Objective: Students will be able to access websites that contribute to the learning process. Students will learn the skills that they need to navigate these websites.
Students will understand the difference between credible sources and unreliable sources.
Students will learn about the different planets that make up the solar system.
Students will play interactive games and research the different aspects that space involves such as space shuttles and astronauts.
I will assess these outcomes by use of a rubric that will be given to the students before the start of the project.</li></li></ul><li>Phase III: Integration Strategies<br /><ul><li>Instructional method: Student directed
We will begin our solar system project by looking at a website that displays the names of all the planets in the solar system. Above each name is a picture of the planet. You are also able to click on the pictures to find out more information about that planet.
We will then look at the video, A Voyage Through the Universe.
I will model how to search the internet for credible sources. I will also provide students with a list of websites that will assist them in this project.</li></li></ul><li>Phase IV: Instructional Environment<br /><ul><li>In order to participate in the web project each student will need access to a computer and printer. Students will be given time during both library and computer to work on these solar system projects.
This web-based unit on the solar system will take two weeks to complete.</li></li></ul><li>Phase IV <br />Web resources for students<br /><ul><li>NASA for kids
Space Jr.</li></li></ul><li>Phase V: Evaluate Integration Strategies<br /><ul><li>I believe students will be very excited about this project. Students love when we integrate technology into our lessons. I also believe there will be a high participation rate in this unit.
The solar system is something that students cannot see for themselves. Students must rely on the information they find.</li>