Our Place in Space - The Planets

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In this lesson, we'll be taking a closer look at some of the planets in our solar system. We'll take a look at what it is like on these planets and what would happen if we went there.
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Activity 1

Planet Mobiles
In this activity, the children will make a solar system mobile! Working in groups, the will draw, research and construct a planetary mobile that teaches us a bit more about each planet in our solar system.
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Lesson Plan

Everything you need to give this lesson a try. On the left side we have our lesson objectives, in the middle are the activities and on the right are the assessment tools!
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From the Curriculum

Strand: Natural Environments
Strand Unit: Planet Earth in Space

Curriculum Objectives

The child should be enabled to:
1) recognise that the Earth, its moon, the sun, other planets and their satellites are separate bodies and are parts of the solar system.

Learning Objectives

-use the language of history including: chronology, timeline, causes, sources.

-sequence the events leading up to the start of WW1.

-identify some of the reasons why WW1 started.

-use online sources of information to research the flags of WW1 countries.

Learning Activities

-Video Stimulus: watch the video stimulus explaining the causes of WW1, pausing the video when prompted to answer stimulus questions.
-Comic Strip Sequencing: draw a three piece comic strip that explains the events of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination.
-Summarising: using the video content, summarise three reasons why war was inevitable, even without Ferdinand's assassination.
-Flag Research: using ICT resources, research the flags of various countries that took part in WW1. Research carefully to make sure you are finding sources that show WW1 flags not modern flags.


-Teacher Designed Tasks:
1) Comic Strip Sequence
2) Reasons for War
3) Flag Research Sheet

-Teacher Questioning:
1) Can you identify a few reasons why WW1 started?
2) Can you put the events of Franz Ferdinand's assassination in order?

Rang Maher