Learning Exercise

Language Arts and Science with NASA: Gravity Basics

This lesson is about gravity, reading fluently, and using technology responsibly.
Course: 2nd Grade
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Exercise

Grade Level: Second Grade

Lesson Title: Gravity Basics

Objectives: 1. Students will review concepts of gravity.
2. Students will read fluently.
3. Students will navigate through websites.
4. Students will use technology responsibly.

CDE Science: Physical Sciences 1c: Students know the way to change how
something is moving is by giving it a push or a pull. The size of the change is
related to the strength, or the amount of force, of the push or pull. 1d:
Students know tools and machines are used to apply pushes and pulls (forces) to
make things move. 1e: Students know objects fall to the ground unless something
holds them up.

CDE Language Arts: Decoding and Word Recognition
1.1: Recognize and use knowledge of spelling patterns (e.g., diphthongs,
special vowel spellings) when reading. 1.6: Read aloud fluently and accurately
and with appropriate intonation and expression.

NETS: #5: Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members,
and others when using technology in the classroom. #6: Demonstrate positive
social and ethical behaviors when using technology. #7: Practice responsible
use of technology systems and software.

Website: http://brp.arc.nasa.gov/Science/Y_GBL/bsc_resrch.html#grav_what

Anticipatory Set: Students will visit
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast02aug_1.htm and see a cool workout
site.

Critical Teacher Tasks: 1. Facilitate group discussion. 2. Make technology
available. 3. Encourage observations and collaboration. 4. Treat this as a
reading activity as well. 5. Monitor use of the Internet. 6. Model some sort of
weightlifting techniques.

Critical Student Tasks: 1. Ask questions. 2. Record observations in science
journal. 3. Work along side of peers. 4. Actively participate. 5. Navigate the
websites. 6. Use technology responsibly.

Assessment: Informal as needed by observations of the teacher during class.
Formal as needed per the effort and achievement rubric.
Copyright 2004 Troy Tenhet Jr.

Audience

Technical Notes

LCD AND INTERNET FEED A MUST

Requirements

Reading and writing at grade level. Social skills a plus. Familiar with the Internet as a source.

Topics

Science, Language Arts, and Technology

Learning Objectives

1. Students will review concepts of gravity.
2. Students will read fluently.
3. Students will navigate through websites.
4. Students will use technology responsibly.