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Students write and illustrate sentences about “Earth and the Eight Milky Way Planets” in this astronomy lesson
Art, Language Arts, Science
Title – Space Journal
By – Amy Symons
Primary Subject – Science
Secondary Subjects – Art, Language Arts
Grade Level – Kindergarten
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS):
- Language Arts K.10A-B:
- identify the topic and details in text heard or read, referring to words and/or illustrations;
- retell important facts in a text, heard or read.
- The student will be able to draw and label the Sun and the eight planets in order when given information by teacher.
- The student will be able to recall that there are eight planets in our solar system after being read the book Space by Carole Stott; they do not need to know the names.
- The student will be able to identify Earth as the planet we live on and the Milky Way as our galaxy.
List of Materials Needed:
- Enough paper for each student to have a sheet
- A pencil for each student
- A set of crayons or map pencils for each student
- The book Space by Carole Stott
- Make an example.
- Go through the book with the class, with the students sitting in their “area spots.” Read the main information on each page, reviewing each planet before moving on to the next; stop at page 23.
- ” How many planets are in our solar system?
Let’s write a sentence about it. ”
If a student answers “9,” remind that Pluto is not a planet.
Write (have students help sound out easier words) in black on the board:
There are 8 planets in our solar system.
- ” Which planet do we live on?
How can we make that into a sentence? ”
Write in red on the board:
Earth is the planet we live on.
- ” What galaxy are we in? ”
Write in blue on the board:
Our solar system is in the Milky Way galaxy.
- ” You are going to choose one of these sentences for your journal today.
After you have written your sentence, make a
pencil drawing of the Sun and the 8 planets .
Don’t forget to label the planets with their names. ”
- Teacher shows an example and answers questions.
- Ask student which sentence they will use; have them answer before you hand out the papers.
- Let them go to their desks.
- Teacher writes the planet names on the board.
- Teacher helps students as needed.
- When finished, check with a smelly marker or set aside for tutoring.
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