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Module: The Magic of Nature

Unit: Out in space

Level: KS2

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6. How Many Planets?

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Source: www.learninggamesforkids.com
Media: Animation Audio 
Resources Types: Classroom Activities 

Learning Objectives

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Remarks

Language Forms and Communicative Functions

Language Skills

   
  • Vocabulary:
    • Planets, e.g. Jupiter, Pluto

Listening:

  • Identify key words in short utterances by recognizing the stress
  • Locate specific information in spoken texts

http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/science_songs/educational_videos_planets_song.html

Brief Description:
A song which shows the names of all planets

User Tips:

  • Teachers can show the song to lead in the topic of planets.
  • While listening, students can jot down the names of the planets.

7. The Nine Planets

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Source: nineplanets.org
Media: Web page 
Resources Types: Project-based Learning , Learning and Teaching Materials 

Learning Objectives

Resources

Remarks

Language Forms and Communicative Functions

Language Skills

   
  • Vocabulary:
    • Planets, e.g. Venus, mercury
  • Use the simple present tense to express simple truths, e.g. Venus is the second planet from the Sun and the sixth largest of all the nine planets.

Reading:

  • Recognize the presentation of ideas through headings, paragraphing, spacing, italics, bold print and punctuation
  • Skim a text to obtain a general impression and the gist or main ideas

http://kids.nineplanets.org/intro.htm

Brief Description:
A website about the planets

User Tips:

  • The full and detailed description of the planets is suitable for more able students.
  • Click on the names of the planets to find information about the specific planet.
  • Click on 'movie' or 'photo' to find related movies and photos.
  • Students can make use of the information to conduct a project about solar system.

8. Webquest - The solar system

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Source: Amanda Carmean@nn.k12.va.us
Media: Powerpoint 
Resources Types: Project-based Learning 

Learning Objectives

Resources

Remarks

Language Forms and Communicative Functions

Language Skills

   
  • Use the simple present tense to express simple truths

Reading:

  • Recognize the presentation of ideas through headings, paragraphing, spacing, italics, bold print and punctuation
  • Skim a text to obtain a general impression and the gist or main ideas

Writing:

  • Gather and organize information and language by using strategies such as brainstorming, building concept maps, listing and observing
  • Plan and organize information, and express own ideas and feelings by identifying purpose and audience for a writing task

http://step.nn.k12.va.us/science/6th_science/solar_system.ppt

Brief Description:
A WebQuest guiding students to create a book for junior primary readers about the facts of plants

User Tips:

  • The WebQuest is in PowerPoint format. Teachers can change the content of the task, add or change the resources if necessary.
  • Show the PowerPoint to students and explain the task.
  • Students can follow the steps to complete the project.

9. Out of This World

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Source: www.tech-nology.com
Media: words, xls, pdf, txt 
Resources Types: Worksheets 

Learning Objectives

Resources

Remarks

Language Forms and Communicative Functions

Language Skills

   
  • Use the simple present tense to express simple truths, e.g. There are nine planets in our solar system.
  • Use the interrogative determiner 'which' to find out about a specific person or object, e.g. Which planet in our solar system may not be a planet after all?
  • Use the interrogative adverb 'why' to ask about reasons, e.g. Why is it difficult to study planet Mercury?

Reading:

  • Work out the meaning of an unknown word or expression by using visual clues, context and knowledge of the world
  • Understand the connection between ideas by identifying cohesive devices, e.g. before, if, but
  • Identify details that support the gist or main ideas
  • Locate specific information in a short text in response to questions

Reading text
http://www.teach-nology.com/gold/readgen1.html

Worksheet
http://www.teach-nology.com/gold/readgen2.html

Brief Description:
A reading comprehension about the solar system

User Tips:

  • Teacher can print out the text and the worksheet.
  • Draw students' attention to the use of cohesive devices in the text.
  • Draw students' attention to the 'wh' words before answering the questions.

10. Space Story

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Source: www.primaryresources.co.uk
Media: Powerpoint words, xls, pdf, txt 
Resources Types: Worksheets , Classroom Activities , Learning and Teaching Materials 

Learning Objectives

Resources

Remarks

Language Forms and Communicative Functions

Language Skills

   
  • Use the future tense to talk about future events, actions and processes
  • Use the connective 'when' to express time

Writing:

  • Present information, ideas and feelings clearly and coherently
    • Gather and share information and ideas by using strategies such as brainstorming, questioning and interviewing
    • Use story structure that comprises setting, characters, problems, events and solutions

Space Story
http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/powerpoints/Space_Story.ppt

Journey into Space
http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/powerpoints/Journey_Into_Spcae.ppt

Science Fiction Story Planning Sheet
http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/english/docs/sci_fi_story_plan.doc

Brief Description:
Presentations that guide students to write stories about the space

User Tips:

  • Teachers can show the PowerPoint to students to elicit their ideas of writing a story about the space.
  • Students can make use of the websites to search information about different planets.
  • Students can make use of 'Story Planning Sheet' to plan the story.

Other resources  

Solar System
List of PowerPoints about solar system - resources for teachers
http://science.pppst.com/space/solarsystem.html 

A Learning Center for Young Astronomers (By National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
A website in which students can choose the level of difficulty in presentation to learn about the solar system and the universe 
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html

Astronomy - Our place in space
Information and games about astronomy
http://www.amnh.org/ology/index.php?channel=astronomy#channel

Come to My Planet
A WebQuest in which students are required to develop a presentation and a brochure promoting one of the planet as 'Number One Travel Destination In the Universe'
http://www.webquestuk.org.uk/Solar%20System/astronomy.html

Astronomy and Space
Worksheets and activity sheets about astronomy
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/astronomy.shtml

The Sun and the planets
Worksheets and teaching ideas about the topic 'the Sun and the planets'
http://www.telenex.hku.hk/telec/pteach/earth/core/ieary.htm

Planet Facts
The brief facts about different planets, which is suitable for KS1 or less able students
http://www.kidzone.ws/planets/index.htm

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