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Lesson Plan Guide

Teacher Candidate: Caitlin Gillespie Date: 6/30/2018

Grade and Topic: 5th grade science/technology Length of Lesson: 50 mins for 2 days

Mentor Teacher: Ms. Townes School: The University of Memphis ID-3600

● This lesson plan covers the Earth’s position in the Milky way galaxy. This is a part of a 2-week unit plan
about the Milky way.

● The students will receive a handout with instructions on what to do and how to do it. They will pair with
a partner and will begin researching the Earth and its position in the galaxy using a laptop. Once they
have done their research they will create a Prezi that demonstrates their understanding of what they have
learned. The Prezi will include a demonstration of where the Earth is, and one fact about the Earth. They
will also need to tell me the name of the other planets in the Milky Way. Once they have finished this,
the students will present it to the classroom using a projector.
● Students will understand the Earth’s position in the Milky Way galaxy by the end of the lesson with a
90% accuracy.
● 5.ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe: research and explain the position of the Earth and the solar
system within the Milky Way galaxy.
● 5.4.2. Students will use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively
to multiple audiences.

● I will need a laptop cart, a projector, a screen, a connector cord for the computer to the project, and the
● Students will be creating a Prezi. They will follow the link:
● Once they have completed their assignment, it should look like the one presented below.

● The key concept of this lesson is to gradually build on the student’s understanding of the Milky Way
● Several key words in this lesson would be: galaxy, Earth, Milky Way, projector, Prezi, and presentation.
● This will build on the Unit plan about the rest of the galaxy, however student’s must first learn where the
Earth is.
● Students will also be introduced to presenting their work to their peers via a projector.
● After this lesson, my students will go on to learn about different planets. They will also be learning
about different parts of the galaxy like stars and meteors.
● Adding different activities and assessments will add more variety to the lesson and will help the students
become more engaged in the lesson.

● Introduction: I will start the class by asking the students to tell me how far away they think the sun is
from Earth.
● Procedures: Monday
11:20- I will provide a handout with instructions on what the students will need to do and
will go over the directions as a class. After this, I will pair students together and will ask
them to retrieve one laptop from the laptop cart for their group.
11:30- The students will begin their research about the planets and will start to identify
the different names of each planet.
11:50- Students will begin working on their Prezi presentations.
12:10- Student will save their work and we will move on to the next topic.
11:20- Students will continue to work on their presentations/research.
11:35- Students will begin giving their presentations to the class.
12:10- Students should be finished with their presentations.

● Closure: As a closing I will teach the students a song about naming the planets in order. Following are
the lyrics:

I saw on Mercury
to save myself from Venus
but how on Earth will I
ever get to Mars?
Jumping Jupiter
Saturn’s party’s Saturday
Uranus and Neptune
will ride in Pluto’s car.

Once the students have somewhat learned the lyrics, I will transition over into the next subject.
● The formative assessment: this would be the research.
● Summative assessment: this would be the presentation.
● The link between the assessments and the goals/objectives are clear and go hand in hand.

● For students who are having a hard time understanding the concept will spend extra time catching up
with me and with their peers who are excelling in this topic.
● Students who are excelling will begin to help those who are not fully grasping the concept.