Students love learning about space, so they will enjoy this lesson about the three major types of galaxies. The lesson also contains additional information related to the Milky Way galaxy. Teachers can take advantage of their students natural curiosity about space by using the videos available with the lesson. The lesson can be used in conjunction with other lessons related to space, or used as a reading comprehension lesson for a space-related unit. A visit to a planetarium would be helpful, if possible, as a field trip.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Ask students what they think about when they view the night sky and the stars.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to share everything they know about planets and stars.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students: What is the difference between a star and a galaxy?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Galaxies to the class.
- Distribute Galaxies content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Distribute the needed supplies. Allow students time to complete the mobiles. Students may invent imaginary names for each galaxy.
- Once completed, the students will share their Galaxy Mobiles with the class, identify each shape and its invented name.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. Review the instructions. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Allow students to share their NEW galaxies, shapes, and names.
- In closing, ask: If you could live to be a million, would you want to travel to another galaxy? Why or why not?
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.9
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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