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I. Topic/Grade Level: Exploring Satellites in Space [5th Grade Science]
California Standards: Earth Science
5.The solar system consists of planets and other bodies that orbit the Sun in predictable paths. As a
basis for understanding this concept:
a. Students know the Sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system and is
composed primarily of hydrogen and helium.
b. Students know the solar system includes the planet Earth, the Moon, the Sun, eight other planets and
their satellites, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets.
Common Core Standards:
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and
publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of
keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.
ISTE Standards:
1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative processes using
a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry
b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of
sources and media
c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific
5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and
ethical behavior.

III. Goals and Student Learning Outcomes:
Goal 1: Students will analyze and categorize their research in a comprehensive group project
Student Learning Outcome 1: Students will work collaboratively with their classmates
to organize their satellite research.
Student Learning Outcome 2: Students will work with Glogster or Prezi to create their
Goal 2: Students will demonstrate their understanding of satellites in orbit throughout our solar
Student Learning Outcome 1: Students will be able to identify what a satellite is, what
its importance is, how it orbits, and individual history.


Learning Environment(s): Traditional





lined paper




Apple AirPlay

Projector Screen


Diversity / Differentiation:

For accommodations, GATE students will be researching a presenting about two

satellites instead of one. SpEd students will be given a specific task during the
group project to have a specific focus throughout their work. ELL students will be
able to used their English language translation dictionary to ensure their
understanding during the project.


Technology Inclusion:
The technology that will be used during this lesson are iPads, laptops, Apple
AirPlay, projector screens and various programs. Students will use iPads and
laptops to formulate a presentation on Prezi or poster through Glogster. Apple
AirPlay will be used during the teachers introduction of the assignment to give
students an introduction of both programs.


Prior Knowledge: Prior to this lesson students have explored various aspects of the
solar system including learning the suns orbital pattern, and detailed information about
the eight planets. Students have also researched and identified eight satellites currently
orbiting in the solar system.
Lesson Placement in the Unit: This is lesson 9 of 10.



Lesson Introduction / Anticipatory Set:

The teacher will create and give a presentation to students on both Glogster and Prezi to
introduce them to both programs. She will explain the requirements and expectations
for the assignment.


Direct Instruction:
Students will be using two new programs during this lesson so the teacher will provide
a introductory lesson on each program.


Student Interaction with lesson content / Guided Practice:

Students will be placed into groups of four. The groups will be chosen by the teacher
who takes into account students strengths, weaknesses, differences and personalities.
Using their research from lessons prior, students will work collaboratively with their
group to create a presentation on their assigned satellite.


Independent Practice:
Working in groups, with partners, individually etc. Describe what project, students will
be working on during this section of the lesson. Will this be done during class? As
Working in groups of four, students will create an online poster through Glogster or a
presentation through Prezi. Students will have the option to choose their project
platform to encourage collaborative discussions amongst the group members. Their
project will address one of the eight satellites taught in a previous lesson. Each project
will have specific guidelines to address and follow. This project will be completed in
class and presented on a later date.


Review / Closure:
This lesson will roll over into another day to ensure students have enough time to finish
their projects. Therefore, there will not be a formal closure of the content being
covered. Students will be directed to return all iPads and laptops to their designated
location and then the teacher will ask volunteers to share one thing they learned about
their satellite.
Students will present their Glogster poster or Prezi presentation to their classmates
through the use of Apple AirPlay on a later date.


1. A formative evaluation will take place during this project by the teacher continually
walking around the classroom to observe group collaboration. The teacher will ask
questions to each group to obtain insight into their depth of understanding and keep
students on the right track.