I am spending parts of my spring break getting ready for my units when we return. I have had a student teacher the last couple of years at this time, so I haven't taught the solar system myself. I am using the student-interest model for this unit. I will teach core lessons/activities 2-3 times per week, but on the other days, students will be able to drive their own learning by exploring what interests them.
I am going to use ClassConnect to post a variety of articles and activities for them to access during this time, plus I will have a lot of books for them to use, too. All of it will end with in-class projects which have clear guidelines but allow them to focus on the material they found most interesting.
Anyway, I'll give more specifics later. Today, I wanted to share this awesome resource that I found today.
KidsAstronomy.com offers games, interactives, teacher resources, and online classes for kids! It covers all of the material that I am asked to cover (moon phases/constellations/the planets) and more! It is a great starting point for students and is written in an easy way that they will be able to understand!
I'll post more as I put together the details of this unit. (in between books and naps.) :)
Finally, don't forget my Target gift card giveaway ends tomorrow morning. I plan to pick the winner by 10 am, so get your entries in before then!