SCM 2015
Our Solar System

Lesson 4: What else is out there?

Introduction

In this lesson, students will explore the other celestial bodies that are present in our Solar System including the Sun (which is a star) comets, asteroids, meteoroids and dwarf planets. They will research one of these and present their findings in a creative way.

Broad learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe and explain one or more celestial bodies (other than planets) within our Solar System.

  • Students will learn the importance of summarising and paraphrasing and how to reference sources of information.

  • Students will assess the reliability and validity of various resources (print and online).

Resources

  • "What else is out there?" activity sheet

  • Computers with internet access

Assessment options

  • Participation in class discussions

  • Celestial body presentation or project

Lesson steps

The focus of this unit so far has been the planets in our Solar System, but there are many other celestial bodies within it that are just as important. Ask students if they know what any of these are. Record their ideas.

Individually, or in small groups, students select one body to research. This could be stars, comets, asteroids or meteoroids. Guiding research questions are provided on the "What else is out there? activity sheet.

The information gathered should be presented in a creative way such as:

  • making the body (e.g. from papier mache), adding the researched information and hanging it from the classroom ceiling to create a Solar System

  • writing a story from the perspective of the chosen body

  • writing a persuasive text convincing the reader that the chosen body is an integral part of the Solar System

  • creating a short video demonstrating how the chosen body moves or travels

  • building a model of the Solar System, focusing on the location and function of the chosen body

  • writing, presenting and recording a fictional news report about the chosen body.