Learning Exercise

Language Arts and Science with NASA: The Lunar Paragraph

This lesson has the students learning about the lunar cycle, writing in cursive, and writing paragraphs.
Course: 3rd Grade Multiple Subjects
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Exercise

Title: The Lunar Cycle

Grade: Third

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.

CDE Science:
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.

Primary Website:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/moon/Phases.shtml

Anticipatory Set: http://lunar.arc.nasa.gov/education/simple.htm

Critical
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
achievement rubric.

COPYRIGHT 2004 TROY TENHET JR

Audience

Technical Notes

You will need an LCD projector and a live Internet connection.

Requirements

Should read and write at or around grade level 3. Should be able to work collaboratively with peers and follow instructions.

Topics

Reading, writing, and science (lunar issues). All are CDE standards driven.

Learning 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.