Our Solar System


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Introduction

Looking at the night sky, all we can see are small shinning stars. Beyond that is a different story. Our Solar System is a very exciting place. It is full of planets, moons, meteoroids, asteroids, and satellites that we can not see from our house with a naked eye. You and your partner will be exploring the facts of our neighboring planets and sharing what you learned to the class!


Task

You and a partner will be researching the solar system and will report your finding to your class mates.
Your presentations must include:
-A brief over all summary of the Solar System.
-The planets of the solar system

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With the information that you and your partner collect, you must put it in a power point and present it to your class. The presentation must be 7-9 minutes long.

Process

Step One:
You and your partner will go to the websites below and first get a basic understanding of our solar system in a whole.
Step Two:
Website 1
Website 2
Website 3
Website 4
While going through these websites above, keep in mind some of these questions for each planet.
  • What is the size of the planet?
  • What is it composed of? (This should include surface features of the object and the number of moons, if any)
  • What is the object's relative distance from the sun?
  • What is the surface like (temperature, atmospheric gases, gravity, energy sources)?
  • Is the object able to support life?
  • Write down interesting information in your own words (Don't copy or write down things you do not understand).

Evaluation


Beginning
4
Developing
6
Qualified
8
Exemplary
10
Score
Research
Did little research
and could not provide
enough information.
Little or no effort is shown.
Some research
was done. Shows
some effort.
Description of
identifiable performance
characteristics
reflecting mastery
of performance.
Description of identifiable
performance characteristics
reflecting the highest
level of performance.

Creativity & Presentation
Poster poorly reflects the object chosen. Little to no creativity and effort.
Facts are somewhat organized. One or two pictures shown.
Poster closely reflects the object chosne. Good creativity and effort.
Poster highly reflects the object chosen. Excellent creativity and effort.

Works Well in a group
Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting a beginning level of performance.
Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting development and movement toward mastery of performance.
Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting mastery of performance.
Description of identifiable performance characteristics reflecting the highest level of performance.

Total






Conclusion

After all the information that you have learned today... You can your class mates can look up in the sky and know that there are more then just stars in the sky.

Illinois Learning Standards

STATE GOAL 12: Understand the fundamental concepts, principles and interconnections of the life, physical and earth/space sciences.

Why This Goal Is Important: This goal is comprised of key concepts and principles in the life, physical and earth/space sciences that have considerable explanatory and predictive power for scientists and non-scientists alike. These ideas have been thoroughly studied and have stood the test of time. Knowing and being able to apply these concepts, principles and processes help students understand what they observe in nature and through scientific experimentation. A working knowledge of these concepts and principles allows students to relate new subject matter to material previously learned and to create deeper and more meaningful levels of understanding.
F. Know and apply concepts that explain the composition and struc­ture of the universe and Earth’s place in it.

NETS-S
1. Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate thinking, construct knowledge,and develop
deep innovative products and processes using technology.

Students:
Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
Identify trends and forecase possibilities.

3. Research and Information Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate and use information.


Citied Pictures
1. http://current.com/technology/92631666_solar-system-may-be-2-million-years-older-than-we-thought.htm
2. http://thesolarsystem.pbworks.com/



BY:VERONICA CHMIEL & MOLLIE THAYER