- Strand 6: Earth and Space Science
- Concept 2: Objects in the Sky
- PO 2: Compare celestial objects (e.g., Sun, Moon, stars) and transient objects in the sky (e.g., clouds, birds, airplanes, contrails).
- PO 3: Describe observable changes that occur in the sky, (e.g., clouds forming and moving, the position of the Moon).
- Strand 1: American History
- Concept 1: Research Skills for History
- PO 2: Retell stories to describe past events, people, and places.
- PO 3: Use primary source materials (e.g., photos, artifacts, maps) to study people and events from the past.
Arizona Common Core Standards: ELA
Text Types and Purposes*
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Production and Distribution of Writing
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
Comprehension and Collaboration
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Arizona Educational Technology Standards (2009)
- Strand 1: Creativity and Innovation
- Concept 1: Knowledge and Ideas
- PO 1: Evaluate information to generate ideas.
- Concept 2: Models and Simulations
- PO 2: Explore and identify models and simulations.
- Strand 3: Research and Information Literacy:
- Concept 2: Processing
- PO 2: Use preselected sources.
- Strand 5: Digital Citizenship
- Concept 3: Impact of Technology
- PO 1: Recognize and discuss how students and families use technology to make their lives better.
- Strand 6: Technology Operations and Concepts
- Concept 1: Understanding
- PO 3: Identify technology applications for a given activity/project.
- The student will be introduced to these key words: astronomy, astronomer, comet, observer.
- The student will hear a story about an astronomer.
- The student will compare and contrast two images of the moon using primary sources.
- The student will sketch an object from the sky.
- The student will describe the object, using descriptive language.
- The student will compare their sketches and writing with another student.
- The teacher will read Maria's Comet written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Deborah Lanino.
- The teacher may refer to the reading guide online for discussion questions and activities.
- The teacher will write the key words for students to see and read the Step Back in Time sheet to students.
- Students will participate in a retell the story of Maria Mitchell to a partner.
- The teacher and students will discuss the questions on the Directions sheet to compare/contrast the photos of the moon from 1865 and the present.
- The teacher will demonstrate Google Sky.
- Students will complete the Telescope Treasure Hunt activity in a small group at the computer learning center in the classroom.
- Students will share their sketches and writing with each other in small groups when the activity is completed.
- From the Internet to Outer Space Lesson Plan americanhistory.si.edu/ourstory/pdf/telescope/telescope_space.pdf
- Treasure Hunt activity, copies for all students
- Book: Maria's Comet written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by
- Google Sky
- Computer with Internet
- Paper, pencil, crayons
Adapted from thinkfinity.org
- Students sketches and writing will be assessed for accuracy and descriptive language.