Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hello students;

The solar system is a challenging but fascinating part of the universe. You have a topic, which is a planet or object. Let's visit some Web sites to learn more about your topic. When you have finished your research about the description of your planet or object, visit this fun site on "Planet Myths and Lore" and then click on your planet.

Begin with these general sites, then click on your planet.
The Eight Planets Just for Kids
The Planets by Enchanted Learning
Our Solar Sytem by Windows to the Universe. Also sun, etc.
For other objects in the solar system:
Comets from Enchanted Learning
Comets from Windows to the Universe
Comets Have Been Known Since Antiquity
Comets from the "Nine PLanets" Web site
The Moon from Enchanted Learning
The Moon from Windows to the Universe
The Moon, from the "Nine Planets" Web site
The Moon: Fast Facts
The Sun: Fast Facts
The Sun from Enchanted Learning
The Sun from the "Nine PLanets" Web site

8th Grade Standards for "Earth in the Solar System"
4a Students know galaxies are clusters of billions of stars and may have different shapes.
4b Students know that the Sun is one of many stars in the Milky Way galaxy and that stars may differ in size, temperature, and color.
4c Students know how to use astronomical units and light years as measures of distances between the Sun, stars, and Earth.
4d Students know that stars are the source of light for all bright objects in outer space and that the Moon and planets shine by reflected sunlight, not by their own light.
4e Students know the appearance, general composition, relative position and size, and motion of objects in the solar system, including planets, planetary satellites, comets, and asteroids.

Information Literacy Standards:
Standard 1: The student who is information literate accesses information efficiently and effectively.
1.2: Knows parts of a book and functions of digital resources.
Standard 2: The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently.
2.3: Selects relevant information during the research process.
Standard 3: The student who is information literate uses information accurately and creatively.
3.1: Uses prewriting techniques to extract and organize relevant information.
Standard 8: The student... practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.
8.2: Understands the reasons and methods for citing sources.