TEACHER Sheena Gosine
April 2011
CLASS Form 1
TIME 70 minutes / 2 periods
UNIT Understand the Composition of the Universe and Earth’s Place in it
TOPIC Solar System

1. : NASA Photojournal (Pictures and Videos)
2. Character talking creator
3. Campaign Cartographer 3 ( - Fantasy Map Making
4. Text to Speech Interface
5. : Videos – “How big is the Universe” and “Why Pluto is not a planet anymore”
6. Real player ( : Video converting software for compatibility
7. Microsoft Office Power Point
8. : National Space Science Data Centre
9. : Solar System Information
10. : A learning centre for young Astronomers
11. Website Designing Online
12. Opening theme: Space Odyssey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
13. Theme Song: Star Wars Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


For Teacher For each student/group
Laptop with Internet Access 8 Groups: each group – Large Index Card and a pack of
coloured pencils
Multimedia Projector Each student : Laptop with Internet access


1. Students are aware that we live on earth which is part of the Universe
2. Students are aware that universe is made up of planets and stars


Our solar system is one of the systems in the universe.
The solar system consist if celestial bodies revolving around the Sun


At the end of the lesson, student will be able to:

Objectives Classification
Identify the components of our Solar System Low level Cognitive / Knowledge
Describe the organization of the Solar System,
emphasizing the positions and sizes of the planets relative
to the Sun

High level Cognitive/Knowledge



Communicating scientific ideas, observations and arguments

Extracting from available information relevant solutions to
particular situation


Students are introduced to map of “Physics land: The Land of Science” with background music and meet a
character from Physics land called “The Guardian”. This is shown to the students via power point presentation.
“The Guardian” then transports you to “Universum” a region in Physics land where the people who live there
study the Universe. Students are then shown a visual display of Universum.
The students are then introduced to “Astrum” a woman who lives in Universum who will show the students “the
secrets” of Universum along with the teacher.


The students will then be shown by “The Guardian” the concept of the Universe and how large the Universe
really is, this is done by the use of a video. After the video, the teacher will explain that The Solar System is a
Galaxy which is a small part of the Universe which will confirm what was shown in the video.
The students would then be “taken” by Astrum to visit the bodies that make up the Solar System.
The students will be shown the Sun which is a Star and be told that it is the centre of the Solar System.
Additional information will be given by the teacher to the students.
The students will be shown the entire system and get a visual on the order of the planets from the Sun.
Astrum will then begin “The Solar System Tour” starting with the planet closest to the sun that is from Mercury
to Neptune.
After Neptune, students will then be told by their teacher that Pluto used to be a planet but it is now a dwarf
planet. When students ask why? The teacher will tell them “Let us ask an Astronomer”. A video will then be
shown to the students.
After the video the students will be questioned by teacher about the video and also told about other bodies
present in the Universe: meteors, meteorites and comets. In the video they would have learnt about Asteroids.


The students are then introduced to the “Evil Wizard” named “Ignavus”, who has stolen the “Tome of Wisdom”
from Astrum. This tome contains all the “secrets” of Universum. Astrum has managed to tear out and burn
some of the pages from the tome so that Ignavus does not get it. However, all this information is now lost. It is
up to the students to help her recover the information.

Astrum then instructs the students to disguise the information.

Students will be divided into 8 groups.
Each group will be given a large index card, a pack of coloured pencils and be assigned a planet
Each group will make a postcard about the planet they are assigned.
Inside the postcard will have information on the planet the group is assigned.
Outside the postcard will be a drawing of the planet assigned.
Each group will have to pretend they have visited the planet and are telling Astrum about their visit.
At the end of the exercise the postcards will be given to the teacher to be “delivered” to Astrum

The students will be allowed to use the slide show to get information to put on the postcards also the teacher can
provide further information.

Each group will also be allowed to use their Integrated Science textbook for further information if needed.


After all the postcards are given to the teacher, the teacher will ask the students if they enjoyed the activity and
ask each group what they learnt about the planet they were assigned. The students will then be shown a musical
summary of the main points of the lesson.

When the activity is complete, each individual student will be asked to access the “Final Mission” on the slide
The students will be asked to make up a spell in the form of an acronym to recall the names and sequence of the
planets away from the Sun. This will be submitted to the teacher at the end of class.



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