Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:21 PM

Hi everyone!

I have to create a unit for my methods of teaching science class. I decided to focus on space science, but it is so board. I do not where to begin and what to focus on. I also have to write an introductory lesson. What are some introductory lessons or activities I can use if I decided to focus on the planets or the moon?

Thank you!

Devleta Memic
Devleta Memic
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Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:19 PM

Hi Devleta,
I noticed you have not filled out your NSTA LC profile yet, so I was unable to determine for which grade you plan to teach your space lesson. Since there is a huge difference in lesson plans depending on the grade band, please provide more information for us to narrow down how we might be of help. Also, narrowing down the content by examining the state standards for your grade level will be useful too. Looking forward to hearing more details...
Carolyn

Carolyn Mohr
Carolyn Mohr
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Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:38 PM

Hello Delveta-

Yes, space is quite an expansive topic. I would suggest that you narrow down on a more specific topic. If you are working with younger children, things that they can see, like the Moon, the sun, and constellations would be excellent possibilities. Or, you could focus on how we explore space and do a lesson on telescopes or specific space missions - of which there are many.

Good luck, and if you have more questions just ask.

Cris DeWolf
Cris Dewolf
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Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:50 AM

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Pamela Auburn
Pamela Auburn
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Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:58 PM

Thank you everyone for your responses!
I am actually writing up the lessons for a science methods course I am taking at my university. However, the grade that I am focusing on is 6th grade.

Devleta Memic
Devleta Memic
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Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:08 PM

Hi Delveta,
Thanks for letting us know it is for early middle level grade- 6th grade.
I am going to take a bit of of different approach by recommending a great NGSS web seminar on Earth's Place in the Universe. As you consider what to concentrate on in your unit you might want to look at the developmental progression and connecting frames of reference to explain phenomena. I am recommending this as 6th grade is often when students are just beginning to think abstractly.

Julia Plummer from Penn State University ( slide 26 onward discussion the goals of the presentation
After this presentation, you will understand:



    How the NGSS builds astronomy knowledge using the notion of learning as a developmental progression.
    How scientific practices can be integrated into instruction supporting students across K-12.
    The role of spatial thinking in learning to reason scientifically in this domain.


In slide 40 she begins to discuss connecting frames of reference to explain phenomena to looking at earth based and space based observations. What are the kinds of earth based experiences and observations you to give 6th graders might be worth considering.
Attached is the pdf of slides used in this presentation .
Hope this helps !

Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
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Fri May 23, 2014 2:54 PM

I recently joint the UK's National stem center. There is a free newsletter than is pushed weekly. The last issue provided a link to new page by Tim Peake who is planning to go to the international space center.
Major Tim Peake is due to go to the International Space Station in November 2015 and spend six months there carrying out scientific experiments. He will be the first British ESA astronaut to visit the Space Station.

This page offers support and resources to science teachers to enable them to use this mission to inspire pupils.

Pamela Auburn
Pamela Auburn
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Sat May 24, 2014 10:34 AM

Hi Devleta. How about this?
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/index.html
The NASA Explorer Schools Internet Site has a lot of good resources.

James Johnson
James Johnson
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Tue May 27, 2014 10:36 PM

Hi Devleta,
Let us know how your unit plan went. It sounds like you got a lot of helpful feedback here.
Carolyn

Carolyn Mohr
Carolyn Mohr
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Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:19 AM

Perhaps start with the Earth's atmosphere, followed by the international space station and the history of space exploration, and then move outward to the Moon, sun, solar system, galaxy, and universe. As part of my lesson plans I include a "Science in the News' segment most days for reasons of relevance to what we're learning.

Michael Anson
Michael Anson
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Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:06 PM

Hi Devleta. This is probably too late for your methods class and I hope it went well, but I just wanted to jump in and suggest you look over your state's academic standards and anchors as well as the NGSS to start with and then follow the links and suggestions listed above. They are all excellent. Another good source is http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/STEM/
I just finished Set Sail and it was excellent!

James Johnson
James Johnson
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