Our Weekly Lesson Plans
We will formally do science twice a week, introducing new topics and subjects. I expect the kids will be creating, imagining and continuing their exploration of 'space' in their free time. We will be using Super Charged Science as our base for activities curriculum. We purchased her program and have been thrilled with the ease of use.
These are the actual lesson plans I am using for my 7 kids ages 3rd grade to 10th grade. You will see them modified as we move through these studies from September 2014 - December 2014.
We believe in a 7 day literal creation. The majority of our resources will reflect that scientific view. On occasion - there will be a mention of billions of years in a passing sentence. I ask my children to be aware and listen for it. Being that my youngest are third grade they are being introduced to the evolutionary theory that their counterparts are being taught.
Week 1: INTRO
Watch 2 videos that show the beauty and vastness of space. Introduce terms informally.
*Talk about what they know and want to know. After the video discuss what was the most interesting.
Video 1: Super Charged Science https://ap130.infusionsoft.com/go/a300/3561
video 2: Journey Through Space http://youtu.be/ht2TigJp88w?list=PL6xMnzJ2h60xLvZNSjlZw_BaMyfg95CLW
Activity: create scale model of Solar System and Planets distance (see freehomeschoollessons.com Astronomy)
Week 2: ASTRONOMERS
(focused on ancient astronomers/history of astronomy)
Overview of Individual Astronomers
Astronomers to remember:
Video: All About Telescopes
Create Notebooking pages for
Week 3: Earth's Rotation, Seasons & Our Calendar
Video: Earth's Rotation and Seasons
student created video on Seasons and Tides
**Assessment for this Unit (to add to portfolio)
Week 4 & Week 5: The SUN and Solar Power, Solar Eclipse
Introduction Videos: All about the Sun (from NASA) and Secrets of a Dynamic Sun (middle/high school) The Story Bots (preschool/kinder)
Animated (Solar Power)
SchoolHouse Rocks Energy - for nostalgia sake
Clip from Martha Speaks Solar Power GoCart
SOLAR POWER PIZZA BOX
Unit review worksheets to add to portfolio
possibly? Aztec Sun Dial - art project
Lapbook Sun, Earth, Planets
Worksheet /Quiz to add to portfolio (or notebook)
Solar Eclipse / Lunar Eclipse
Week 6: The Solar System Overview
How Big are the Planets?
create your own scale model:
Sun-any ball, diameter 8.00 inches
Mercury-a pinhead, diameter 0.03 inch
Venus-a peppercorn, diameter 0.08 inch
Earth-a second peppercorn
Mars-a second pinhead
Jupiter-a chestnut or a pecan, diameter 0.90 inch
Saturn-a hazelnut or an acorn, diameter 0.70 inch
Uranus-a peanut or coffeebean, diameter 0.30 inch
Neptune-a second peanut or coffeebean
Pluto- a third pinhead (or smaller, since Pluto is the smallest planet)
taken from : NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc. under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
find out more: 100 Interesting facts about the solar system. We wrote our top 5 most interesting facts in our interactive notebooks.
Anything on NASA’s website is informative and makes an excellent read. If your kids are really into studying astronomy I highly recommend taking a few days just to look around. However, this particular page, has great pictures and concise information about the planets.
Cards for graphic organizers, or lapbook pieces: Planets
Week 7: Mercury and Venus
Easy to read article on Mercury from Homeschool Views
additional reading for older kids includes Einstein and Newton
Easy to read article on Venus from Homeschool Views or from instant worksheets
additional reading for older students
A Student's Guide to Traveling the Solar System
NOTEBOOKING RESOURCES: (for recording information learned)
Our Planets Lapbook - from teacherspayteachers
Homeschool Share Lapbook - Planets
Space Printables for younger kids from 1plus1plus1equals1.com the Solar System printable pack to use as decoration for notebooking cover
scroll to the bottom of the page for Astronomy Notebooking pages. I had to save the image and print that way. Printed 2 per page - Homeschool Helper
Week 8: Inner Planets
Chapter from Glencoe Astronomy Book. (this does mention how evoultionist describe the formation of the universe. Its one page easily skipped..or look at it as a point of study.) - 2007 edition prior to common core
Video Summary for Inner Planets: Inner Planets Part 1
Recommended website: Creation Adventure Family
Recommended Video: Creation Astronomy with Dr. Lisle
MARS: Inner Planets Part 2
Week 9: Outer Planets
Chapter from Earth Science high school text teacher edition (not sure copyright)
VIDEO for Outer Planets
Outer planets study guide and reading
Week 10: Forces Gravity, Inertia, Newton
reading: Prentice Hall Science Explorer (preCommon Core) astronomy module
Week 11: Asteroids, Comets and Meteors
video recap of the difference
Week 12: Our Moon
STUDY JAMS: pictures of Moon and phases
Moon Rap - youtube video
Moon phases die
Moon phases - flip book
Moon Phase Viewer
Moon Phase Info
Phases of the Moon Printable Activity
Connect to the Moon
Moon Phases Animation
Size of Earth, Moon, and Sun – Lesson Plan
ABC Moon Book.pdf
Label Phases of Moon Printable (Photos)
Moon Lapbook Components
FlipBook on Moon Phases from Deceptively Educational
Oreo Moon Phases
Audio “Course” on the moon’s phases
WEEK 13: Space exploration
watch Robert Goddard the Father of Modern Rocketry
Create Rocket Balloons and launch them on a string tied across the largest room. Modify the rockets with wings, tips and other amendments discuss the changes in speed and rotation of the balloon
Stars and Galexies
MULTI MEDIA: audio, video, experiments and hands on resources
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FREE ASTRONOMY VIDEO SCIENCE LESSON
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Astronomers study celestial objects (stars, planets, moon, asteroids, comets, galaxies, etc) that exist outside our planet's atmosphere. Its the one field that combines most science, engineering and technology areas in one fell swoop. Astronomy is also one of the oldest sciences on the planet.
This topic is presented in a non-evolution, non-creation way so all families may participate.The videos give you step-by-step instructions for doing each experiment.
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FREE HOME SCHOOL LESSONS Review Crew
Lapbook: A lapbook is simply a file folder that contains a variety of "mini books," foldables, and other material that cover detailed information about the lapbook's central topic.
Notebook: A homeschooling activity where (usually older) homeschoolers catalog what they are learning in writing and pictures and inserting them into binders.
**these are online partial editions of textbooks generated PRIOR to Common Core. (they were published by companies that are now aligned with common core) I have to use them as a base for my high schooler to receive credit for our course work.
Glencoe Astronomy Book (2007) Chapter 1 - 2
Glencoe Astronomy Module (2005) 185 Pages.
Interactive Notebooking is often used in public school settings and is a combination of these two forms of recorded learning. We use the interactive notebooking because my children would rather be experimenting with the materials than recording information. I often use a lapbook piece and require that they record basic information then glue it into their notebook. I use photos and videos as additional learning records.
Lesson Plans and Educator Guides
Lesson Plans and Educator Guides
- Amazing Space: a variety of interactive and teaching resources
- Magic School Bus : LOST IN SPACE teaching resources
- 1st Grade Lesson Plans (9 lessons) complete unit study Written by 2 First Grade teachers in Elizabeth Colorado, this Solar System lesson plan contains almost everything needed to teach your child in 9 easy lessons!
- High School resources for Astronomy