Thursday, April 15, 2010

TPACK Science Planning

Name: Haley VandeMerwe

Title: "I see the Moon and the Moon Sees Me..."


This lesson consists of 6th graders learning about the moon and its phases. They will work in small groups to learn the phases together, and why the moon has the phases.

Primary Core Objective:

Standard 1
Students will understand that the appearance of the moon changes in a predictable cycle as it orbits Earth and as Earth rotates on its axis
Objective 1
Explain patterns of changes in the appearance of the moon as it orbits Earth.

Materials Used by the Teacher:

  • Computer
  • Projector

Materials Used by the Students:

  • Computer

Technologies Used by the Teacher:

  • PwrPt
  • Projector

Technologies Used by the Students:

  • For intro, they will watch:
  • Phases of the Moon as it orbits Earth:
  • Interactive activity where students decide what moon phase comes next:

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe changes in the appearance of the moon during a month.
  • Identify the pattern of change in the moon's appearance.
  • Design a chart depicting the phases of the moon

Instructional Procedures:

  1. The teacher will first introduce the topic of the day with a PowerPt stating facts about the moon.
  2. Then the students will divide into groups of 2-3 students and get on a computer. They will first watch a video which explains the phases of the moon <> and fill in a corresponding worksheet that they will keep. They may need to watch the video more than once, or pause it to fill-in answers (hence why the class is not watching it all together)
  3. Then the students will go to <> to learn the phases of the Moon as is corresponds to its position while orbiting Earth.
  4. While the students are at the computers, the teacher will be putting up pictures of the moon from NASA on the class blog.
  5. Lastly, the students will go to seperate computers (each student at one) and do the activity at the following link: <> where they determine which moon phase comes next.


For the students who finish early, they will be able to use the computers and look up fun facts and pictures of the Moon to put on the class blog.

Assessment Plan:

I will know my students have learned the concept I am teaching because they will be able to fill in a chart of the moon phases with the respective names. They will turn in this sheet and not miss more than three points.

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