Students will create brochures that will entice reader to travel to the other planets in our galaxy.
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After teaching about the nine planets, arrange students into eight groups. Assign each group a planet other than Earth to research.
Or you might put eight slips of paper -- each with a different planet name written on it -- into a hat or fishbowl, and have a member of each group draw the name of its assigned planet.Ask students to imagine the day when travel to all planets will be a possibility. Each group will produce a travel brochure that will promote travel to their planet. Their goal is to create the best brochure -- one that will capture the excitement of a trip to their planet and entice others to want to go there.
Students will use library and Internet resources to research their planet. You might assign specific information that they must provide, for example, the
In addition, students will be looking as they research for the special facts about their planet that will make people want to travel there.
Provide for each group a large sheet of butcher paper. Fold the paper into a tri-fold brochure. Then students will follow your instructions to create a brochure. Those instructions might include the following, but feel free to adapt this to your students' skills and your teaching goals.
Students will present their brochures to their classmates. You might use this lesson as an opportunity to teach some rudimentary note-taking skills by providing a "Book of Planets" for each student. Students listen carefully and fill in missing information -- such as the planet's size, its temperature, and the number of moons -- as the presentation is made.
You might give a quiz based on the information about planets that students presented.
Submitted by Karen Hoskins, Barksdale Elementary School in Clarksville, Tennessee
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