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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: NASA RESOURCE DRIVEN INSTRUCTION: READING WITH THE SUN AND THE EARTH
Submitted by: Dr. Troy Tenhet Ed.D. on Mar 07, 2005
Date Last Modified: Jul 05, 2005
Title: Language Arts and Science with NASA: Earth/Sun Composition
Description: This is a simple lesson about the Sun and the Earth. It has a lot of eye candy. Simple reading exercises for fluency. Peer work also.
Type of Task: Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Team
Time Required 1-3 days
Topics: Language Arts, Science, and Technology
Course: Kindergarten
Audience: Grade School
Categories:
Prerequisites Skills: Some reading, direction following, social skills a plus.
Learning Objectives: 1. Students will be able to read about the Sun and the Earth.
2. Students will review the basics of Earth composition.
3. Students will model concepts of print (via the transcripts).
4. Students will use the Internet for their reading material.
Technical Notes: LCD PROJECTOR AND LIVE INTERNET A MUST
Text of Learning Exercise: Grade Level: Kindergarten

Lesson Title: Reading with the Sun and the Earth

Objectives: 1. Students will be able to read about the Sun and the Earth.
2. Students will review the basics of Earth composition.
3. Students will model concepts of print (via the
transcripts).
4. Students will use the Internet for their reading
material.

CDE Science: Earth Sciences 3. Earth is composed of land, air, and water. As a
basis for understanding this concept: 3a. Students know characteristics of
mountains, rivers, oceans, valleys, deserts, and local landforms. Investigation
and Experimentation 4b: Describe the properties of common objects. 4e:
observations orally and through drawings.

CDE Language Arts: 1.0 Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary
Development
Students know about letters, words, and sounds. They apply this knowledge to
read simple sentences. Concepts About Print 1.1: Identify the front cover, back
cover, and title page of a book. 1.2: Follow words from left to right and from
top to bottom on the printed page. 1.3: Understand that printed materials
provide information. 1.4: Recognize that sentences in print are made up of
separate words. 1.5: Distinguish letters from words. 1.6: Recognize and name all
uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

NETS: #5: Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members,
and others when using technology in the classroom. #7: Practice responsible use
of technology systems and software.

Website: http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/sunearthday/media_viewer/flash.html

Anticipatory Set: Students will visit http://www.solarviews.com/eng/sun.htm

Critical Teacher Tasks: 1. Facilitate the discussions. 2. Treat this as a
reading activity. 3. Monitor all Internet activity. 4. Assess as needed to drive
instruction.

Critical Student Tasks: 1. Read the material with great effort. 2. Check
yourself for understanding. 3. Work in collaboration with peers. 4. Conduct
research on the Internet.

Assessment: Informal as according to the oral language conventions. Formal as
according to the Effort/Achievement Rubric.
Copyright 2004 Troy Tenhet Jr.
Additional Information URL: http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php
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