The student will conduct an investigation in which they will infer what affects the temperature on the inner planets using a student made model.
Classroom & Outside
Groups of 3-5 students
2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.7, 5.3, 5.8, 7.3
|Lesson Components||Time||Inquiry Skills||Tech. Used||Engage Level||Brief Description|
|Engage||5 min||3.3||Computer w/speakers, Internet access, Promethean or Smartboard||3||Students watch two small entertaining video clips about the inner planets. Students will make inferences about the difference in temperature with the four inner planets.|
|Explore||20 min||3.1, 3.2, 3.7, 5.8||Timer||3||Students will work in groups of 3-5 students to create a model to investigate what can affect temperature, simulating the greenhouse effect.|
|Explain||15 min||2.2||none||2||Through a series of guided questions the students will describe how the temperature of the two thermometers differs and possible causes for this change in temperature. Students will explain how situations with our inner planets might explain why temperature differs between the inner planets.|
|Expand||5 min||5.3||Individual computers||3||Students will read a brief article about the milky way galaxy and choose from a choice board a variety of writing activities to infer about what might possibly be at the center of the milky way galaxy.|
|Evaluate||5 min||7.3||none||3||Students will take an assessment in which they will infer what might affect the temperature of the inner planets.|
|Level of Student Engagement|
|1||Low||Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction|
|2||Medium||Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance|
|3||High||Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered|
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