Grade: Elementary
Subject: Science

#2076. I didn't know know that you can Jump higher on the moon?

Science, level: Elementary
Posted Thu Dec 7 06:42:56 PST 2000 by Bonnie Rice (
Indiana University Of Pennsylvania, Indiana
Materials Required: see notes below
Activity Time: 20 minutes
Concepts Taught: see notes below


In this lesson plan we will be reading the book called, "I didn't know what you can jump higher on the moon," written by Kate Petty. This tells us all the different types of discoveries in space. This unique book because it has many different sections. But what is extraordinary about the book is that it has two symbols that can be learned from. One symbol is for fun products to go with the information in the textbook, and the other symbol is a true and false question. This book allows you to interact with the information they give you. The students will get involved in similar activities before the teacher will read the book to them. The students will be learning about space for a week and each day they will do something new that involves space. This lesson plan is important for the kids because they are going to have to deal and know about space. Space is a discovery that is not that old and it is at a constant change.

Instructional Objective:

The students will match pictures and words with a 90% accuracy on the worksheet.

Lesson Initiation:
To get the students geared up for the topic of space the teacher will have the student's draw what they believe is out there in space. This is for fun and anything goes for this activity. For what ever they draw have them write down their reason for believing that their picture is from outer space. And after they care completely done have the students stand up and have them read their ideas to the class. Finally ever one can give their opinions about the idea. After each student's has talked about their ideas the teacher will go ahead and begin to read the book to the students.
Instructional Activity:
Presentation- The teacher will hand out a paper of questions to the students to have them answer the questions as she reads the book. As the teacher continues to read the book she will stop with every page and talk about what is going on in that section of the book. The teacher will ask questions for example: pointing to a picture and asking her students what is the name of this picture? What is it used for? These questions would be on the worksheet. The teacher is helping out the students by asking questions of her own to get them to think.

Guided Practice-
To give the students more practice would be to have them get into groups and have compare their thoughts on what their answer was to a question on the worksheet. After they have talked about their ideas the students will then receive a paper that will able them to get involved in a lab about space. Each group will have the chance to see how there is no air in space.

Independent Practice-
After the students are done with their labs each student's on their own will come up with the r reason why this happened. And how it is involved in space. They will have to write a paragraph long format that tells their ideas and thoughts. All answers could be right a students should be rewarded n matter what the answer might be as long as they are on the right track. The key to this is that it's their ideas and thoughts.

The idea of the combustion chamber theory: not gases escaping from a combustion chamber power a rocket.
Grab a piece of string that is provided for the lab and put the straw through the string and then tape the string to one side of the wall to the other sides of the wall. Have one-person blow up a balloon and hold the air in the balloon by holding the spot where you put your mouth on the balloon and then have a count down and let the balloon go.

Lesson Summary:
After everything is collected the students a wait for their next step. The teacher simply will ask her students what have you learn by all of this? From the first worksheet they did the teacher will hold it up and ask them what each picture is by there real name, and the teacher will also cover the answers on the other side.

Lesson Evaluation:
The students will perform an oral presentation with their lab groups with what lab they had to do. Each student's from the group will explain the idea and why it is important to space.