Language Arts and Science with NASA: The Lunar Paragraph
Objectives: 1. Students will know that the
moon changes appearances during the lunar cycle. 2. Students will create a
single paragraph. 3. Students will write legibly in joined italic.
Earth Sciences: 4b. Students know the way in which the Moon's appearance changes
during the four-week lunar cycle.
CDE Language Arts: Writing Strategies:
Organization and Focus: 1.1 Create a single paragraph: 1a. Develop a topic
sentence. 1b. Include simple supporting facts and details.
Anticipatory Set: http://lunar.arc.nasa.gov/education/simple.htm
Teacher Tasks: 1. This is a group activity. 2. Coordinate help from parents. 3.
It is a writing activity. 4. The building of the satellite is for enrichment and
is optional. 5. Teacher must successfully navigate the websites. 6. Teacher
will facilitate the instruction and discussion. 7. This is a 3-5 day activity.
8. Teacher will provide materials or send materials list home if needed.
Critical Student Tasks: 1. Students will collaborate. 2. Students will work as
peer helpers. 3. Students will read Internet text and view the pictures. 4.
Students will use graphic organizers to organize their thoughts. 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 share their writings and project with the class.
Assessment: Informally through teacher observation. Formally per the effort and
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