Reflection: Student Ownership The Center of Our Solar System- The Sun- Part 3 - Section 3: Explore/ Explain


I realized after the first class period that having 8 students in a group wasn't going to work. There were too many students who were off task and didn't have an activity to be involved with. I was hoping that a larger group would make the project go more quickly, but it just ended up with me having to do a lot more classroom management.

For the next part of the lesson (Day 2), I divided the students back into their groups of 4 and things went much more smoothly. I also need to remind them that we needed to be very careful with the paint and not make too much of a mess, but painting always gets a bit messy.

  Student groups being flexible
  Student Ownership: Student groups being flexible
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The Center of Our Solar System- The Sun- Part 3

Unit 2: The Sun and Earth Connection
Lesson 3 of 16

Objective: SWBAT create a model of the Sun and compare the size of the Earth to the Sun. They will also be able to compare the size of the Moon to both the Earth and the Sun.

Big Idea: Understanding the relationship of the Earth to the Sun is important for students so that they have a basis for other concepts they will be learning about the Sun and the Solar System.

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