Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Our Solar System - Section 4: Explore


Working as a Team

When putting the planet facts in order I noticed what worked best with groups that were effective.  The groups that were most successful and got the most from this activity worked together as a team.  They began by dividing up the facts into groups such as all the moon cards together, the density cards, etc.  They then worked on grouping one fact at a time so everyone was helping and everyone was learning about each fact.  You can see in the video of group putting planet facts in order this group began with the moons.  They placed the number of moons for the Earth and Jupiter first because those are the two they knew.  They then helped each other place the others.  

Groups that did not do this were often filling in facts individually and then blaming each other when something was wrong.  By not helping each other, they are not learning all of the facts or seeing the patterns that will help them retain the information.  

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Our Solar System

Unit 6: Earth's Place In Space
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify the sun as the center of our solar system and compare and contrast the eight planets that orbit the sun.

Big Idea: Students will compare and contrast the inner planets and the outer planets and identify a unique characteristic about each of the planets.

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