Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 5
Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, Internet Connection, Basic Calculators, Speakers/Headphones
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Freely Available: Yes
Keywords: planets, inner planets, outer planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, space, exploration, EDC, Engineering Design Challenge
- Feedback to Students:
- The teacher should monitor students while building. Students will use this discussion feedback to improve their designs. Possible discussion questions can include:
- As students are designing their spacecraft:
- Why did you select the materials that you selected?
- Why did you select the design that you did?
- As students are testing and modifying (during the Engineering Challenge portion) ask:
- Why do you think you received the results that you did?
- What can you do to improve the performance of your spacecraft?
- Why do you think these improvements will work?
- Summative Assessment:
- Use the attached Engineering Design Process Evaluation Rubric to evaluate student's performance during the Design Challenge portion of this lesson.
- Have the students write summary paragraphs that answer the following questions:
- What designs did you use?
- How did you modify your designs and why?
- What was the final design that you used and why did you use it?
- What did you have to use in order for your design to work?
- What were some of the characteristics of your assigned planet that you needed to plan for?
- When your fellow classmates presented, how were the characteristics of their planets different from yours?
ACCOMMODATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
- Students who have physical limitations may be placed with a partner or in a group with students who do not.
- ELL/LD students may benefit from being in a group with someone who could assist them and/or being able to present the final summary paragraph orally with the teacher instead.
Interplanetary Travel Agency Brochure: Students create a brochure that has the characteristics of their planet and also provides the sketch of their final design.
Suggested Technology: Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, Internet Connection, Basic Calculators, Speakers/Headphones
Special Materials Needed:
Materials needed for Introduction activity:
Materials for Engineering Design Challenge:
- Research materials: teachers may select classroom textbooks, books from the library, computers with suggested internet sources, iPads or iPods with space related apps.
- Colored pencils
- Computer paper
- Scenario Cards (provided and attached to this lesson)
Materials for extension activity:
Materials for teacher use:
- Teachers may decide to copy and post the Engineer/Design Challenge Process graphic (attached to this lesson)
- Copy of the Engineering Design Process Evaluation Rubric (for summative assessment)
- Characteristics of planets reference sheet (attached to this lesson)
Additional sources of information that could be useful include:
SOURCE AND ACCESS INFORMATION
Name of Author/Source: Kimberly Browne
District/Organization of Contributor(s): Brevard
Is this Resource freely Available? Yes
Access Privileges: Public
* Please note that examples of resources are not intended as complete curriculum.