|Students love to model the phases of the moon with Oreo cookies.|
I was looking for an interesting way to review and assess my students learning. While I was browsing on Teachers Pay Teachers I came across this Space unit which is meant to be run as stations.
All of the materials were included in the package. I printed them in colour on cardstock and laminated them. You can see here a student working on "Sort It". They sort the planets in order and then record their findings in a booklet which is included in the unit.
I used my Mac laptops to set up the Tech It station. Students watched two StudyJams videos and wrote and drew about what they had learned.
For this station students were asked to draw a representation of the lunar cycle. It was an excellent way for me to see if they had retained what had been taught in class and when they had created moon phases flip books at home.
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At this station, students had to use their logic and mathematical skills to analyze a data table about the planets, and then make some scientific conjectures.
The unit includes images such as the one above which help bring the actual concepts to life for the students. Here they are asked to analyze a photo and explain what they observe.
At the match it station, students needed to match the concepts listed on one side of the card, with the scientific explanation on the back. They then recorded their findings in their science notebook.At the create it station, students are asked to use materials provided (pencil crayons, paper, etc.) to create a model of why the sun appears to move across the sky. They then record their model in their science notebook.
In this popular station, Explore It! students recreated an investigation we had already done as a class. They used a styrofoam ball and a flashlight to model why we see day and night. They had to explain the benefits and limitations of using a model such as the one shown.I anticipated that each of the stations would not take the same amount of time for my students to complete. I gave each group of three students 10-15 minutes to complete the assignment at the station. If they finished early, they were to review their notes, tidy up the station for the next rotation, and were then allowed to move around the room in a scavenger hunt fashion to find the answers to the task cards I had laminated and scattered throughout the classroom.
The half sized recording sheet included with the task cards was the PERFECT fit for the back blank page of the science notebook from the Space Science Stations unit. There are 36 task cards included. I encouraged my students to use the moon phases model shown at the beginning of this post to assist them if they needed to review. The only change I made to the moon phases board this year was that I attached labels of each phase of the moon to the board, so students could confirm whether they had the right answer or not.
I only created one NEW thing myself for this unit, but I have to tell you I am really proud of how it turned out! I made the signs for the stations using a chalkboard background and a great chalkboard font. I purchased 4 x 6 plastic frames at the dollar store and voila! I had instant signs for my centers which can be used again and again. If you would like to download your own FREE copy just click on the image below.