Lesson Plan : The Day and Night Sky

Teacher Name:
 Ms. Adair
Grade:
 Grade 2
Subject:
 Science

Topic:
 The Day and Night Sky
Content:
 Cooperative Structure: Thinking Skills Structures – Think-Pair-Square (Generative, reflective thinking and categorizing). Rationale: Students are provided more of an opportunity to participate in discussion as groups work together to formulate possibilities prior to class discussion. Adapted from Cooperative Learning by Dr. Spencer Kagan.
Goals:
 TEKS 2.5 The student knows that organisms, objects, and events have properties and patterns. The student is expected to: A) classify and sequence organisms, objects, and events based on properties and patterns; and B) identify, predict, replicate, and create patterns including those seen in charts, graphs, and numbers.
Objectives:
 Students will be able to identify properties of the day and night sky. Students will be able to chart properties of the day and night sky and identify similarities and differences.
Materials:
 White board, dry erase markers, writing journal, map pencils, crayons and pencil.
Introduction:
 Ask students what they remember about the earth, moon and sun. (We have talked about moon and earth orbit and phases of the moon.) Tell students today we will talk about things we see in the day and night sky and then put them in the Venn diagram.
Development:
 Ask students to take a moment to think about things they see in the day and night sky. Have students discuss their ideas in pairs. Write day and night on the white board. Ask students for their ideas and list some of the items that might be seen under each from student input. Draw a Venn diagram and place a few of the items from the list within the diagram.
Practice:
 Have students draw a Venn diagram and work together for a few minutes to place the rest of the items they have from class discussion into the their Venn diagram.
Accommodations:
 Visual aids will be available to help students with what items they would find in the day and night sky. Pictures may be drawn to show similarities and differences.
Checking For Understanding:
 To assess student understanding of this lesson students will create a Venn diagram and chart similarities and differences in the day and night sky. Students will come together as a class to discuss their pair work. Students will display diagrams around the room and share as a class.
Closure:
 1. Brief review of material taught – “Today we talked about the similarities and differences in the day and night sky." 2. Feedback on how well students did - “You each participated and added to each others learning by providing a variety of ideas and discussing them.” 3. Transition to next activity: “Let’s take a few moments to clear our table spots and get ready to go to lunch.”
Evaluation:
 Students will continue to talk about properties of the day and night sky. Students will write about the properties of the day and night sky and chart them in the Venn diagram independently for assessment.
Teacher Reflections:
 All students were actively involved. Regardless of learning level, all students seem to experience equivalent challenges. Lower level students who have been hesitant to actively participate were actively engaged and participating. This lesson provided an opportunity for all students to experience success.

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