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Amanda Lockwood

EDUC 305 CRN 1077


August 15, 2014

Solar System Virtual Posters Lesson Plan


Grade Level:
Subject:
Time Required:

5
Science
6 Hours

Objectives
Students will be able to:

Thoroughly explain one portion of the solar system (i.e., a planet, star, moon, or
meteor)
Research scientific material via textbooks and online resources
Summarize and categorize material
Cite resources
Create virtual presentation using Glogster.edu
Locate and upload images and/or videos
View and comment on peer glogs

Standards
ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S)

1. Creativity and innovation


o a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
2. Communication and collaboration
o b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a
variety of media and formats
3. Research and information fluency
o b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information
from a variety of sources and media
o d. process date and report results
6. Technology operations and concepts
o d. transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies

Science Content Standards

5.5 The solar system consists of planets and other bodies that orbit the Sun in
predictable paths. As a basis for understanding this concept:
o 5.5.a Students know the Sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in
the solar system and it composed primarily of hydrogen and helium.
o 5.5.b Students know the solar system includes the planet Earth, the Moon, the
Sun, eight other planets and their satellites, and smaller objects such as asteroids
and comets.

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EDUC 305 CRN 1077
August 15, 2014
o 5.5.c Students know the path of a planet around the Sun is due to the
gravitational attraction between the Sun and the planet.
Materials and Resources Required

Computers with internet access


Glogster.edu
Various online resources for research
Science textbook
Paper and pen/pencil
Projector

Lesson Description
1. Review all of the major components of the solar system they have learned about as a
class. Ask students what some of the most important facts are about several of them
and what they found most interesting on others.
2. Have students choose one item within a solar system that interests them that they will
continue to investigate in order to expand their own knowledge and to be shared with
the class in the form of a virtual poster. You may choose to have students work in pairs
and you may choose to have them draw from a hat of pre-made choices in order to
avoid duplication.
3. Have students review their textbook and write down any key facts and interesting facts.
Be sure to remind students that they will need to paraphrase or use quotations if they
are writing information down verbatim.
4. Allow students to research additional information online, reminding them to use
academic/reliable resources only. Review the process of citing sources and have them
practice using their textbook as a source.
5. Show the class how to create their student accounts on Glogster.edu and how to create
a new glog. Walk through how to add graphics, text, images, video, and audio to a glog.
6. Show examples of work previously completed by students on glogster.edu
7. Review process of locating additional images online for reuse and how to cite them.
8. Have students create their own glogs that include the key facts about their piece of the
solar system as well as interesting facts and any other elements that add to the overall
presentation.
9. Students will take turns presenting their virtual posters to the class using the projector
at the front of the class.
10. Students will comment on at least 2 of their peers glogs after the presentations are
complete.
Extensions
Students can write a journal entry discussing what was most challenging about the experience
as well as 3 facts they learned from their peers virtual posters and write additional information
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EDUC 305 CRN 1077
August 15, 2014
that they felt should have been included in at least two glogs. Students should also share their
completed projects with their families.
Assessment
Teacher will grade based on the following rubric:
CATEGORY

All text is well thought ouf,


clearly conveyed, and are
supported with detailed
information. Appropriate
terminology is used
properly.
All scientific information
was accurately and
extensively described within
presentation.

All text is well thought out


and clearly conveyed, but
detailed supporting
information is not thorough.
Appropriate terminology is
used properly.
All scientific information
was accurately described
within presentation.

Text is somewhat thought


out and/or clearly
conveyed, but more
supporting information is
needed.

Text is not clear, and


supporting information is
missing or do not connect to
responses.

All scientific information


was accurate but not well
described.

Some scientific informaiton


was inaccurate or not
described.

Understanding

Shows a full understanding


of the topic

Shows a good
understanding of the topic.

Use of Images and


Graphics

Student used numerous


images, graphics, and other
add-ins that show
considerable work/creativity
and which make the
presentation better.

Student used a few images,


graphics, and other add-ins
that show considerable
work/creativity and which
make the presentation
better.

Shows a good
understanding of parts of
the topic.
Student used less than three
images, graphics, and other
add-ins which make the
presentation better.

Does not seem to


understand the topic very
well.
The student did not use any
images or add-ins OR those
chosen detract from the
presentation.

Presentation Delivery

Volume is loud enough to


be heard by all audience
members. Speaks clearly
and distinctly all (100-95%)
the time, and
mispronounces no words.

Volume is loud enough to


be heard by all audience
members 90% of the time.
Speaks clearly and distinctly
all (100-95%) the time, but
mispronounces one word.

Volume is loud enough to


be heard by all audience
members 80% of the time.
Speaks clearly and distinctly
most ( 94-85%) of the time.
Mispronounces no more
than one word.

Voume often too soft to be


heard by all audience
members. Often mumbles
or can not be understood
OR mispronounces more
than one word.

Creativity / Originality

Presentation reflects an
exceptional degree of
student creativity in the
concept and display of
information.
All resources and images are
cited accurately.

Presentation reflects a high


degree of student creativity
in concept and display of
information.

Presentation reflects a small


amount of student creativity
in concept and display of
information.

Presentation displays no
student creativity in concept
of display of information.

All resources and images are


cited with one error.

All resources and images are


cited with more than one
error or one citation is
missing.

There are several citation


errors or more than one
citation is missing.

Content

Research

Citations

(examples on next page)

Amanda Lockwood
EDUC 305 CRN 1077
August 15, 2014
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