Learning Exercise

Language Arts and Science with NASA: The Nine Planets Paragraph

This assignment exposes the students to information about the nine planets of our solar system. It teaches writing, social skills, and direction following.
Course: 3rd grade Multiple Subjects
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Exercise

Lesson Title: Nine Planets Paragraphs

Grade Level: Third

Objectives: 1.
Students will read aloud narrative and expository text with fluency and proper
intonation. 2. Students will write a paragraph. 3. Students will follow
instructions.

CDE Science: Investigation and Experimentation: 5. Scientific
progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful
investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the
content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions
and perform investigations. 5a. Repeat observations to improve accuracy and know
that the results of similar scientific investigations seldom turn out exactly
the same because of differences in the things being investigated, methods being
used, or uncertainty in the observation.

CDE Language Arts: Reading 1.2 Decode
regular multisyllabic words. 1.3 Read aloud narrative and expository text
fluently and accurately and with appropriate pacing, intonation, and expression.
Writing 1.1: Create a single paragraph.

Anticipatory Website:
http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/planets/welcome.htm

Primary Website:
http://www.nineplanets.org/

Critical Teacher Tasks: 1. This is an individual
activity. 2. Coordinate help from peer helpers. 3. It is a writing/G.O.
activity. 4. Teacher must successfully navigate the websites. 5. Teacher will
facilitate the instruction and discussion. 6. This is a 1-2 day activity. 7.
This will practice fluency/comprehension and writing.

Critical Student Tasks: 1.
Students will work alone. 2. Students will work as peer helpers (when needed).
3. Students will read Internet text and view the pictures. 4. Students will use
dictionaries to define assigned terms (if needed). 5. Students will ask
questions and record data from observations. 6. Students will work hard and
effectively. 7. Students will refer to the E/A rubric for expectations. 8.
Students will orally read Internet text to the class. 9. Students will create
paragraphs.

Assessment: Informally through teacher observation. Formally by
using the effort and achievement rubric.

COPYRIGHT 2004 TROY TENHET JR

Audience

Technical Notes

Need LCD and live Internet

Requirements

Should read and write at or around the 3rd grade level.

Topics

Reading and Writing and some Science. All standards based.

Learning Objectives

1. Students will read aloud narrative and expository text with fluency and proper intonation. 2. Students will write a paragraph. 3. Students will follow instructions.