Lesson: Uneven Heating of Earth (Day 1 and 2)
Please see document entitled: "Uneven Heating Lesson Plan" for detailed lesson plan.
This is inquiry based lesson indented to cover 2 days (1 hour lesson each) of science sessions. The lesson is written in ABC, CBV, R format (Activity Before Concept, Concept Before Vocabulary, and Reading).
Experiment: During the experiment it is important to set expectations for behavior in groups and behaviors with materials. A clear time limit helps students keep track of what needs to get done. In order for students to see the light on the globe the lights need to be dimmed or all the way off. This requires a lot of self-control on the part of the students. Once time limit has been reached that is when I take away materials. I then give a few more minutes for students to complete posters and experiment worksheets before student presentations. Student presentations are on the same day as experiment and we never have time for all groups to present so I rotate groups who present for each experiment that is completed and collect posters from each group for credit.
Reading Day: On the second day it is important that students remember to take notes while they watch their classmates act out orbit of Earth around Sun. I usually have my overhead projector on with a copy of the student notes projected to help students stop and take notes.
Brain Pop is a wonderful tool but it requires a paid membership. You can sign up for a free trial in order to complete lesson. As an alternative students can be given an article about the Sun that they read with a partner to report facts back to the group.