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Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole
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Nov 22, 2011

bookshelves: astronomy, scientific-thinking, science, solar-system

Fun and engaging as always, this book is a great introduction for learning about the solar system. It provides great vocabulary as well as definitions; there is also a video that goes along with the book which would be a good way to follow up any astrological lesson on our solar system. The book is based on the premise of the students going on a field trip to a planetarium that turns out to be closed, so they board the magic school bus and visit the actual solar system instead. A great and interactive activity would be to set up the classroom like the solar system using decorated foam balls that dangle from the ceiling and other various decoration necessities. Depending on the activity the teacher wanted to do they could choose to do specific parts of the solar system and continue this lesson throughout the week or more. For each planet, etc., they could engage in 10-15 minute activities. The teacher could act as their space guide as they walk through the classroom and discover different facts about the solar system and space. As a closing, students could fill out a big class chart as a whole about the various things they learned about each planetary body.
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