Week Twenty Science Lessons: Comparing the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon

Grade 5 Science

Week Twenty Lessons

This week we will continue the Space Unit. This week we will compare the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon.  Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!

Free Science Lesson: Comparing the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon

TEKS/ Standards:

(D) identify and compare the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon. Supporting Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can compare the physical characteristics of the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon.

Essential Questions:

Monday – What  or saying helps you remember the order of the planets?

Tuesday – Describe the relative size and location of the Sun, the Earth, and the moon.

Wednesday – What effect does the sun have on the Earth? Does the moon have similar effects on the Earth? Explain.

Thursday – What are the major differences between the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon?

Friday – Why can life exist on Earth, and not on the Sun or the Moon?

Word Wall Words:

Rotation/ Rotates

Revolution/ Revolves

Atmosphere

Gravity

Extinct

Lesson Ideas and Materials:

Materials:

Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.

Earth and Space Interactive Science Notebook

Science and Literacy Comparing the Sun, Earth, and Moon

Earth and Space Anchor Charts

Earth Science Vocabulary

STAAR Science Review Stations

Lesson Ideas:

(Monday) Students will complete the Sun, Earth, and Moon Model and the Sun, Earth, and Moon Fact Booklets. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Comparing the Sun, Earth, and Mooncomparing the sun, the earth, and the moon

Earth Fact Booklet

(Tuesday) Students will read an informational text about the Sun, Earth, and Moon and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Complete the third column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Comparing the Sun, Earth, and Moon

(Wednesday) Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from Tuesday’s reading. –Science and Literacy Comparing the Sun, Earth, and Moon. Students will complete the Sun, Earth, and the Moon Fact Chart and the Earth vs. Moon writing prompt in their notebooks- Earth and Space Interactive Science Notebook

(Thursday) Students will participate in the Sun, Earth, and Moon Classroom Model and complete the Sun, Earth, and Moon Crossword Puzzle.-Science and Literacy Comparing the Sun, Earth, and Moon. Complete the Comparing the Sun, Earth, and Moon Anchor Chart as a class. –  Earth and Space Anchor Charts The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room.

Comparing the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon Model

(Friday) Continue the STAAR Science Review Stations this week. Complete one or two rotations of stations this Friday. Only 11 weeks before the STAAR Science!

Additional resources:

The following links to the pretty PDF of this lesson plan.

5th Science Lesson Plans

Need materials for younger grades?

The materials in this lesson are intended for 5th graders in Texas, but are taught in a way that they could be easily modified for younger and older grades.

Here is what I have for Earth and Space so far.

2nd Grade Earth and Space Science Notebook

Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook with Word Wall Cards

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