TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMLESSON PLAN FORMAT
Mini Lesson 2- Mercury
Description of Classroom: Same as previous lessonBackground: This is a few lessons into the unit plan about the solar system andAll of its planets. 1 day lesson plan, students should know the basic informationOn Mercury.Content Objective(s): Students will learn about the characteristics of Mercury. ItsPlace in the alignment of the planets and fun facts about Mercury.Language Objective(s): Complete a KWL chart about Mercury, write in scienceJournals and complete worksheet accurately.Nevada Standards: M.D.3 (a)- See previous lesson planKey Vocabulary: Mercury, layers, terrestrial, orbit and rotationBest Practices:
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Adaptation of contentModelingWhole ClassLinks to backgroundGuided practiceSmall groupsLinks to past learningIndependent practicePartnersStrategies incorporatedVerbal scaffoldsIndependentProcedural scaffolds
Integration of ProcessesApplicationAssessment
GroupReadingLinked to objectivesWrittenWritingPromotes engagementOral
Teaching Strategies: KWL chart, video on Mercury independent work packettime, and science journal writing.Warm Up Activity: Start the KWL chart with students: Ask students what theyAlready know about Mercury. Allow students time to think and then respond. PutThe responses on post-it notes and put in the ‘K’ column of chart.Lesson Sequence: Ask students what they want to learn about Mercury. Put onKWL chart. Show a fun video about Mercury and its characteristics. StudentsWill complete the Mercury worksheet individually. When students are done, theyCan read individually about space books. Students will write 3-2-1 in their scienceJournals. Finish the KWL chart, ask students what they learned, post-its and thenPlace on wall with all other KWL charts.