- Ask the pupils to look out of the window. Divide the board into two halves. Invite some pupils to draw on one half of the board what they can see in the sky during the day, eg the Sun, clouds, birds, rainbow, rain, planes. On the other half ask other pupils to draw what they can see at night, eg the Moon, stars, planets, planes. Write and check that pupils understand the Sun, the Moon, stars, planets.
Completing Science: The Solar system Worksheet
- Write The Solar System on the board. Divide the board into two halves. In one half write I know (√). In the other half write I think (?). Explain the difference between I know and I think. Ask the pupils to do the same in their notebooks. Teach them the names of the planets. Ask the pupils questions like How many planets are there in the Solar System? Which is a big planet? Which is a hot planet? Which is a small planet? Encourage all the pupils to answer your questions and write sentences in the I know column if they know the answer or in the I think column if they aren’t sure, eg:
- Encourage the pupils to compare their answers.
- Ask the pupils to look at the illustration of the Solar System and write the names of the planets in the spaces in Activity 1.
- Read the text with the class and explain the meaning of the new words. Are the sentences they wrote in their notebooks correct or not?
Answers: 1-Venus; 2-Jupiter; 3-Earth; 4-Sun; 5-Saturn; 6-Uranus; 7-Neptune;8-Mars; 9-Mercury
- Ask the pupils to read the sentences in Activity 2 and decide if they are true or false. Encourage them to correct the false sentences.
Answers: 1-False. Mercury is close to the Sun. 2-True. 3-True. 4-False. Uranus is the seventh planet. 5-True
Arrange the pupils in small groups. Give each group nine small pieces of card or paper. Tell the groups to write the names of the eight planets and the Sun on the cards (one on each card). Then ask one of the pupils in each group to be the referee. Explain that only the referee can look at the worksheet. The referee shuffles the cards and places them face down in the middle of the table. The pupils take turns to pick up a card and make a sentence using the word written on it. If the sentence is correct, they keep the card. If the sentence is incorrect, they put the card back on the table. The referee decides if the sentence is correct or not. Make it clear that for this game, the sentences are correct as long as the information is correct (even if the language is not perfect).
- Read the questions in Activity 3 with the class. Pupils answer individually (encourage them to write full sentences).
Answers: 1-The star at the centre of the Solar System is the Sun. 2-We live on the Earth. 3-The Earth is bigger than Mars. 4-Uranus has got 27 moons. 5-Yes, Saturn has got beautiful rings.
- Ask the pupils to draw and colour a picture of the Solar System in their notebooks and label it with the names of the planets. Encourage them to give their picture a title and to write some more information about the planets.
- Put the projects up on the classroom wall and ask the pupils to vote for their favourite project for each of the following categories: the best pictures, the best handwriting and the most interesting information.