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Temperature of Inner Planets Lesson Overview

The student will conduct an investigation in which they will infer what affects the temperature on the inner planets using a student made model.


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50 Minutes
Classroom & Outside
Groups of 3-5 students
PTI Inquiry
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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