Fifth Grade Solar System Unit

Analyze Your Learners

  • Fifth grade. Science- Solar System Unit
  • SSS:
    • SC.5.E.5.2 Recognize the major common characteristics of all planets and compare/contrast the properties of inner and outer planets.
    • SC.5.E.5.3 Distinguish among the following objects of the Solar System: Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets and identify Earth's position in it.
    • SC.5.E.5.1 Recognize that a galaxy consists of gas, dust, and many stars, including any objects orbiting the stars. Identify our home galaxy as the Milky Way.
  • NET-S
    • 1. Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
      • a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
      • b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
      • c. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues

State Your Objectives

  • Knowledge
    • After watching the brain-pop about the Milky Way Galaxy, the fifth grade students will name what galaxy the Earth is located in with no error.
    • After watching the brain-pop about the Solar System and the Prezi presentation, the fifth grade students will be able to list the inner and outer planets, and Earths location, with zero error.
    • After watching all the brain-pop videos, the fifth grade student will be able to list the objects located in our Solar System (sun, planets, moons, asteroids, and comets) and their locations with zero error.

  • Application
    • After watching the brain-pop about the Solar System and the Prezi presentation, the fifth grade students will be able to construct a Venn diagram with the similarities and differences between the inner and outer planets with zero error.

Select Media and Materials

  • Computers with internet
  • iclicker response system
  • iPads
  • Kidspiration software
  • Projector

Utilize Media and Materials

  • The computers will be used for the students to make kidspiration’s on and to play astronomy related computer games as a fun way to wrap up the lesson.
  • The iclickers will be used to record the students responses when taking the quizzes after the brain-pops.
  • A few iPads will be needed for the students to explore astronomy related apps.
  • Kidspiration software will be needed to make webs and a Venn diagram to prove knowledge of the planets order and properties.
  • A projector will be needed to show the brain-pop videos and Prezi presentation to the students as a class.

Require Learner Participation

  • Day one:
    • Students will watch the "Milky Way Galaxy" brain-pop as a class
      • Following the video, they will take the included quiz by responding with their iclickers
    • Students will watch the "Solar System" brain-pop as a class
      • Following the video, they will take the included quiz by responding with their iclickers
  • Students will watch a Prezi that goes into further detail about the characteristics of each planet.
  • The class will go to the computer lab and complete 1 assignment using Kidspiration
    • A Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the inner and outer planets
      • Students will be given words in a word bank that they will place in the appropriate area:
        • small
        • huge
        • solid
        • gas
        • very dense
        • less dense
        • spin slow
        • spin fast
        • many moons
        • few moons
        • rings
        • no rings
        • spherical
        • orbit a star
        • have gravity
        • have a core

  • Day two:
    • Students will watch the "Sun" brain-pop
      • Following the video, they will take the included quiz by responding with their iclickers
    • Students will watch the "Moon" brain-pop
      • Following the video, they will take the included quiz by responding with their iclickers
    • Students will watch the "Asteroid" brain-pop
      • Following the video, they will take the included quiz by responding with their iclickers
    • Students will watch the "Comets" brain-pop
      • Following the video, they will take the included quiz by responding with their iclickers
    • The class will then create a web using kidspiration
      • The web will be a diagram of our Solar System
        • The sun will be placed in the middle. Connected off of the sun the student will place the planets in order, putting the planets located closest to the sun most near the sun on the diagram. The student will also label our moon, the asteriod belt, and indicate where comets would be located.
    • If time permits, the class will be split in half for a fun way to wrap up the unit
      • One half will go to the computers and play astronomy related computer games
      • One half will explore space apps on iPads
        • The groups will then switch

Evaluate and Revise

  • Students will be assessed on their learning based on their grade on the quizzes and their performance on the Venn diagram and web.
  • Quiz Grades:
    • 100%-90%- A
    • 89%-80%- B
    • 79%-70%- C
    • 69%-60%- D
    • 59% and lower- F
  • Venn Diagram Rubric:
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Student correctly labeled all the differences and similarities between the inner and outer planets
Student made one incorrect label
Student made two incorrect labels
Student made three incorrect labels
Student made more than three incorrect labels.
  • Web
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Student correctly placed all the planets, moon, asteriod belt, and comets.
Student made one error in placement.
Student made two errors in placement.
Student made three errors in placement.
Student made more than three errors in placement.

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