Language Arts and Science with NASA: The Meteor & Asteroid Letter
This lesson is designed to enhance knowledge of meteors and asteroids as well as increase proficiency at writing friendly letters. The technology part is the typing of any letter written in Microsoft Word.
Read and write at grade level. Some typing skills.
Students will: 1. Write a friendly letter in the proper format. 2. Interact with and ask questions about NASA material that concerns meteors and asteroids. 3. Students will type the letter in Microsoft Word.
LCD projector, computers with word processors and a live Internet feed.
Text of Learning Exercise:
Lesson Title: Focus on Meteors/Asteroids Friendly Letter
Grade Level: 3rd Grade
Objectives: See above
Anticipatory Set: See above (website)
Primary Website: See above (website)
Critical Teacher Tasks: 1. Teacher can guide this as writing instruction. 2. Teacher should navigate the web for information (use the sites provided). 3. Allow time for typing of letters. 4. Have students grade each other's rough drafts. 5. Explain any rubric prior to start of assignment. 6. Post the work in classroom on some type of display board.
Critical Student Tasks: 1. Ask questions. 2. Neat handwriting for rough draft. 3. Type carefully. 4. Be creative. 5. Listen during the Internet navigation. 6. Use graphic organizers as directed by teacher. 7. Help your peers!