Our Solar System

 Imagine that you are an astronaut in a space ship exploring our solar system.  You will record what you observe about the planets in our solar system.  You will discover a new planet that has never been explored in our solar system and give a Power Point presentation about your planet. You will decide if people live on your planet, what animals and vegetation would live on your planet, what is the climate of your planet, and where is your planet located in our solar system in relation to the sun and other planets.  Happy Exploring!  3 2 1 Blast Off!!!

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You will use the planet chart given to you to answer questions about our solar system.  Your group will use the links provided for your research.  It is helpful if you give a task to each member of the group to ensure that your research is thorough.  Your group will work together to create your own planet that you have discovered in our solar system. You will explain where your planet is located in the solar system and facts about your planet.  You will compare your new planet to the existing planets in our solar system.  You should use the facts that you have learned about the planets in our solar system to create your new planet.  Be sure to design your planet to  include all the required information about your newly discovered planet.

 

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You will use the following links to do your research and to answer the questions on the planet work sheet you were given.

www.esa.int/esaKIDSen.html

https://kidsastronomy.com/solar-system.html

http://nineplanets.org

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd6nLM2QlWw

You will use the following links to answer these 2 questions:

1.  Where is our solar system located in the universe?

2.  Where is our solar system located in the Milky Way galaxy?

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/solarsystem/where.s…

After your research, you will work together to come up with a name and facts about your planet.  Your group will make a power point presentation about your planet.

 

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Exceptional-5 Accomplished-4 Developing-3 Beginning-2  

Followed directions, worked cooperatively within group and stayed on task

Followed directions, worked together and stayed on task with minimal assistance Unable to follow directions, work together, and stay on task without assistance did not follow directions, work together or stay on task even with assistance  

Followed links independently with little or no assistance and able to find information required about our solar system

Followed links and found required information about our solar system with minimal assistance Unable to follow links and find required information about our solar system without assistance unable to follow links and find required information about our solar system with assistance  

Included 4 or more facts about new planet based on information learned about other planets

Included at least 3 facts about new planet based on information learned about other planets Included at least 2 facts about new planet based on information learned about other planets Included 1 or less facts about new planet based on information learned about other planets  
Oral Presentation is thorough and stayed within time limits Oral presentation was factual and stayed within time limits Oral presentation was not thorough and went over time limit Oral presentation was unorganized and incomplete, over time limit  

 

Your work will be graded and points will be combined for all components of this project using this Rubric

 

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1.  What planet interested you the most?  Explain what you have learned to support your answer.

2.   Did you find out something that surprised you?  Explain your answer.

3.  Summarize your overall experience this WebQuest.

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                                          A  WebQuest for 4th grade- Our Solar System

                                     Designed by L. Dawn Nalley-Student-Piedmont College

                                                     lnalley0916@lions.piedmont.edu

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