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SETON HILL UNIVERSITY

Lesson Plan Template
TOPIC

Planet Rotation

Name

Miss Lauren Kaputa

Subject

Science

Grade Level

2nd Grade

Date/Duration

One week

Big Ideas

Planets in the solar system rotate in a clockwise
direction.

Essential
Questions



What is rotation?
What do the planets rotate around?
In what direction do the planets rotate?

PA/Common
Core/Standards

Standard Area 3.3A: Earth and Space Sciences-Earth
Structures, Processes, and Cycles
Standard Area 3.5: Earth Sciences
Standard Area AL 1: Initiative and Curiosity
Standard Area AL 2: Engagement and Persistence
Standard Area AL 3: Reasoning and Problem Solving





Objective

Bloom's
Taxonomy

Webb's Depth of
Knowledge
(DOK)
Formative &
Summative
Assessment
Evidence


Students will be able to understand what direction
planets rotate in and what they rotate around in a given
scenario.
By the end of the lesson, the student will be able to
determine what direction planets rotate in and what
they rotate around.
Students will distinguish between clockwise and counter
clockwise (DOK-Level 2)
Students will show their prior knowledge on rotation by
completing a guided discussion as pre-assessment
before being introduced to the lesson.

CK

ISTE Standards
for Students

Framework for
21st Century
Learning

Accommodations
, Modifications

1b: Students build networks and customize their
learning environments in ways that support the learning
process.
Critical thinking and problem solving. (21st Century)

Student A has a visual impairment. When modeling the
clockwise activity a peer may help the student do so, or
speak to them about their surroundings when they do it.
Text on the promethium board will be dark colored, and
student may be seated in the front of the class to better
see materials.

SUPERVISING
TEACHER’S
SIGNATURE

Seton Hill University Lesson Plan Template Step-by-Step
Procedures
RATIONALE for
the Learning
Plan

Students will begin this lesson having minimal prior knowledge
on rotation. The students will recognize what rotation is when
an example is given. The students will begin to learn about the
direction in which planets rotate and what they rotate around.
The lesson below allows students to grasp this concept while
implementing PA standards.

Introduction

Activating Prior Knowledge
• Ask students if they know what the word “rotation”
means.
• Ask students if they knew that planets rotated.
• Ask students if they know what direction planets rotate.
• Ask students if they know what planets rotate around.
Hook/Lead-In/Anticipatory Set
• Show students a video on rotation

CK

Explicit
Instructions

Big Idea Statement
• Planets in the solar system rotate in a clockwise
direction.
Essential Questions Statement
• What is rotation?
• What do the planets rotate around?
• In what direction do the planets rotate?
Objective Statement
• Students will demonstrate knowledge on what direction
planets rotate in.
• Students will demonstrate knowledge on what planets
rotate around.
Transition
• At the conclusion of the clock movement activity,
students will be asked to return to their seats. Once
students are sitting the instructor will ask them to rotate
clockwise to the seat by them. A large orange ball will be
in the middle of their desk formation to represent the
sun.
Key Vocabulary
• Solar System
• Planets
• Rotation
• Clockwise
• Counter Clockwise
• Sun

Lesson
Procedure

PreAssessment of Students
• During a teacher initiated group discussion students will
demonstrate any prior knowledge they have on rotation.
Modeling of the Concept
• Instructor will use promethium board to draw and outline
a model of the planets in the solar system around the
sun.
Guiding the Practice
• Teacher will ask students to come up to the board and
draw arrows in the direction planets rotate.
• Teacher will ask students follow up questions such as
“What is that direction called?”
Providing the Independent Practice
• Students will draw a picture of planets rotating around
the sun. Students will then produce 3-5 sentences on
what is happening in the picture that they drew.
Transition
• Before students transition from this subject to another,
instructor will ask students what was talked about in

science today.

Reading
Materials
Technology
Equipment
Supplies




Promethium Board
Desks
Clock
Orange Ball

Evaluation of
Informal Evaluation
the
• Students will talk to the instructor one on one about
Learning/Master
planet rotation to demonstrate understanding on the
y of the Concept
topic.
Closure

Teacher
Self-reflection

Summary & Review of the Learning
• Students will draw a picture that demonstrates planets
rotating around the sun.
• Students will talk with the teacher independently on
what they learned.
• Students will talk with the teacher independently on
what they liked and disliked about the lesson.
Homework/Assignments
• Each student will write a paragraph how they think day
and night is made.



Spend more time on terminology
Students will disabilities may need a different example
instead of using arms for clock rotation
Students would benefit if lesson was extended
Students would benefit if more visuals were given.