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Grade : 6 Sky Science Power Point

Instructional Design:
Jodi Ostafichuk
Danny Boily
Karen Armitage

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Recognize that the moon phases are regular and predictable and describe the cycle of its phases.
Describe the location and movement of individual stars and groups of stars as they move through the night sky.
Recognize that the apparent movement of objects is regular and predictable and related to the Earth’s rotation
Describe the seasonal changes in the length in the day and night and in the angle of the sun above the horizon

ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.

Enduring Understandings:
Students will understand that Earth is a sphere in motion within a larger universe.
They will understand how this motion affects seasonal cycles, Moon phases, and apparent motion of stars.

Essential Questions:
How are the moon phases/constellations related to the movement of the Earth?
How does the revolution of the Earth affect season change?
Why are these occurrences predictable?
Is the Earth the center of the universe?

Students will know and be able to:
The moon appears to change according to our position during the lunar cycle.
The moon, reflects light and has 8 different phases.
Planets and their moons reflect light.
The tilt and orbiting of the Earth around the Sun causes the seasons.
Identify certain stars and constellations and their counterclockwise movement throughout the sky.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
You are instructors at the Edmonton Odyssium and you must present specific information about your topic to the visiting classes using PowerPoint as a multimedia presentation tool.

You must represent your topic in a visual manner, going in-depth as much as possible.  You must use examples and details, connecting your topic to our life on Earth.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Quizzes, tests, teacher observation, written projects, worksheets.

Self Assessment
Journal reflection
Student Project Evaluation
Oral discussion

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities

In class:
Students will:
Experience these ideas in a variety of ways by using the many resources and tools provided
Teachers will:
• Equip students with the required background knowledge using handouts, worksheets, library resources, Internet, notes, and learning as they discover and create their presentations.
• Explain project through the assignment package, rubrics and self evaluation reflections
• Distribute topics and assign groups   
• Discuss: What constitutes a good visual and oral presentation?
Refer to rubric

Period 1 in lab:
Introduction and goal
Student Handout
How to use Power Point basics:
Show example
Students start on a practice presentation
How to start a new presentation, change background color and Design Template
New slide
Text box, font, size, etc.
Get drawing tools, try all
Move to back
View all slides
Add notes
In class:
Students research the information, take notes and brainstorm ways to present their topic. They do a rough draft of their slides.

Period 2 in lab:
Students start their PP presentation
If not done previously, show animation
Add picture

Period 3 in lab:
Students continue working on their presentation and add notes

Period 4 in lab:
Students finish working on their presentation and add notes
Print and practice oral presentation. Get peers, parents, teachers to ask questions. Get feedback and improve work. Refer to the rubric to make sure they are including everything needed.

Period 5 in lab:
Students get into their character and present their work
Teacher assessment using rubric
Students self-assess and reflect on their learning
Peers could assess as well

Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)



AppleWorks 6  5.pct
Click to download Rubric
RubricSky Science.pdf

Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent, adequate and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need Microsoft Power Point installed on your computer to view.



 Last Modified: 17 June,2004