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Welcome To Space

Name: Rona Raines
School: Public School 124
Address: 40 Division Street
City: New york, NY, 10002
Original Project: Welcome To Space
Author: Isabel Salido
URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnet-lab/miami/2001/salidoi2.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: We used Isabel's suggested websites as a starting point for our research. The children found 13 additional sites on their own. The excitement when a new site was discovered was amazing!

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  That the children become familiar with locating information on the Internet
  That the children learn about the solar system
  That the children be able to use their research to produce a book

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: The entire project was based on using the Internet for research. The following web sites were used: www.Discovery.com www.EnchantedLearning.com www.Yahooligans.com Click on Ask Earl to ask a question. www.NASAkids.com www.MelbournePlanetarium.com www.AskforKids.com www.Yahookids.com www.kidsastronomy.com www.timeforkids.com www.kidsknowit.com www.google.com www.nationalgeographic.com www.Yahoo.com www.The-Planet-Pluto.com www.nineplanets.com www.hao.ucar.org www.kidshealth.org www.auearth.com

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: I was able to evaluate the success of the project by the ability of the students to use the information they gleaned in the production of their non-fiction books.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: Ms. Rianes has been teaching since 1970. Most of her teaching has been in Gifted and Talented classrooms, as it is with this class.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: Depending on the abilities of the class, there might need to be a lot of instruction on how to find useful sites. I was surprised to see that Isabel had done the Internet work with kindergarteners.

Samples of Student Projects

  This is one page of a report on Pluto. It shows the placement of the planets in our solar system.
  This is a page of the project on the sun. The blank space in the center is where a picture of the sun will be placed.
  This is a diagram page showing some of the phases of the moon.


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