Earth and Space Science

3rd grade Solar System

Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:47 PM

Hello, I am currently in a third-grade math and science classroom completing my student teaching. We are coming up on our unit on the Solar System, so I am looking for some lesson ideas that would be fun and hands on for the students, other than just building a model of the solar system. Thank you so much for any advice and input!

Christine Gadbois
Christine Gadbois
400 Activity Points

Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:18 PM

One lesson you could do with the students is use a flashlight as the sun and a foam ball as the moon and have groups of 3 students see the different moon phases. The students seemed really engaged the whole time during this lesson.

Gladys Gonzalez
Gladys Gonzalez
390 Activity Points

Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:38 AM

Hi Christine. There is a NASA program out of the JPL called "Solar System Ambassadors" which has a lot of resources for teachers including speakers. This would be a great place to start. Best of luck!

:) jj

James Johnson
James Johnson
93705 Activity Points

Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:48 AM

Hi Christine,
[color=#444444][font="Open Sans", verdana, arial, sans-serif][size=4]I would highly recommend that you view this web seminar on NGSS and space science. Rather than looking at an inventory of what is in the solar system the new standards look at the how and why of Earth’s Place in the Universe.
[/size]“The presenter was Julia Plummer from Penn State University. This was the fifth web seminar in a series focused on the disciplinary core ideas that are part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The program featured strategies for teaching about Earth science concepts that answer questions such as "What goes on in stars?" and "What patterns are caused by Earth's movements in the solar system?"[/font][/color]

Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
41865 Activity Points

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