Vasquez, Charles R. Hadley Elementary, Miami, FL
| Grade Level
||2 and 3
The students will be introduced to the planets in our solar
The students will learn that there are nine planets in our solar system.
The students will learn the order of the planets from the sun.
The students will create a brochure on each planet using desktop publishing.
||Computer with Internet access,
VCR, video of The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar
System, Book: The Magic School Bus: Lost in the
Solar System, chart paper, To
Infinity and Beyond Worksheet, Brochure Rubric, desktop
Students can begin and maintain a
computer-generated adventure log for the solar system, this can
be saved to the computer hard drive or a student disk.
Ask the class how many of them are familiar
with the solar system; list what students know on the
Read The Magic School Bus: Lost in the
Solar System book to the class and ask questions about
the story as you go along.
Students will take notes from the story about
solar system facts: planets, size, gravity, mass, location,
moons, length of day and year...
The students could see the video of the story
and take more notes. Class will compare and contrast video to
Students will work in cooperative groups and
discuss/brainstorm all the facts that they know about the solar
system and make a list of all the facts on chart paper.
Teacher will conduct a lesson on the
characteristics of the solar system. Also, talk about each
planet in the solar system.
Then the students will go to the Magic School
Bus website and review the website related to their topic.
in groups of three will then use Yahooligans or Kids
Click to gather information to create their brochure
on the planets. Explain to students that the brochure
should include graphics or pictures of the planets and
these facts about the planet: size, mass, orbit, length
of day and year, gravity, atmosphere, temperatures, fun
The students will then present their brochure
to the class.
The students will
complete a To
Infinity and Beyond Worksheet on the solar system.
||The students will complete their
brochures and they will be evaluated using a Brochure Rubric
located at Rubistar; (click on Making a Brochure rubric) teachers can
design their own rubrics at this site.