Planet Cards:
Directions:

1. Think of one planet that you would like to obtain more information.
2. Preview the Planet Card document at the bottom to know what kind of information you need to gather.
3. Use the links below to research your planet.
4. Upload the Planet Document aned input your information and graphics.
5. Save your document to the I drive under your class and the folder called Planets.

Science Standards:
Identify, observe, and describe the numerous celestial objects visible in the sky and their physical properties, locations, and movements.

Technology Standards:
3.A.1.a - Use technology tools,from a range of teacher-selected options to learn a new content or reinforce skills.
3.C.1.b - Use templates or create new documents to complete learning assignments
3.C.1.e - Use various electronic information retrieval sources to obtain information on a topic

Earth and Space:
Solar System Exploration
- NASA website, diagram, and info for each planet.
Solar System- what is the solar system, what is the difference between planet and moon, info for each planet, inner planet vs. outer planet, and quizzes - Great site!!
Planet Facts - quick facts about each planet
Planet Fast Facts - more quick facts about each planet
Science Monster- awesome site with tons of information of the solar system
Windows of the Universe - tons of information
Solar System Fun - huge site with information from NASA
All About Space - enormous site with tons of information about planets, the solar system, stars, and much more
Space Website - information about planets, Sun, starts, comets and more
Planets - Interactive site that shows the planets in order and gives some information about them.
Kids' Astronomy- website for kids with information about the solar system - planet facts
All Solar Planets - quick information about each planet
Astronomy for Kids - huge site with information on the solar system, Sun, Moon, planets, and more
Astronomy Dictionary - terms with definitions

Planet Trading Card Template.pub - When you print out this template you will trim the excess paper. Next fold the card in half so you have info on both sides and laminate.
Samples:
Arrin planets.pub
Taylor Planets.pub

Extra Clip Art Options:
Use the links below in case the MS Publisher's clip art doesn't have a picture of an animal in your brochure.
Clip Art for Educators - free clip art images
Pics4Learning - website with copyright friendly images

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CLAY ANIMATION:
Directions: (Each class will be assigned a different part of the script)
1. Brain storm ideas about your part
Period 1 - the middle - Space travel - what kinds of things will you see in space?
Period 2 - the beginning - Launch scene - who and what will be needed to have a successful launch?
Period 3 - the end - Scientific data - which planet and what are some interesting facts?
2. Divide into 3 groups to gather information.
3. As a class you need to write the script for your part of the clay animation.
4. Divide into 3 groups to create the objects needed in the clay animation.
5. In your groups you will need to take digital photos of your objects.
6. Record your script.
7. Use Pixie 2 and Frames to create the animation.
8. Save it to a CD.

Science Standards:
Identify, observe, and describe the numerous celestial objects visible in the sky and their physical properties, locations, and movements.

Technology Standards:
3.A.1.a - Use technology tools,from a range of teacher-selected options to learn a new content or reinforce skills.
3.C.1.b - Use templates or create new documents to complete learning assignments
3.C.1.e - Use various electronic information retrieval sources to obtain information on a topic

Mrs. Menzel's 3 Third Grade Classes Clay Animation Video: