Materials Needed: blank paper, pencils, crayons/colored pencils, and document camera or whiteboard
Printable Resources: Required: copies of Informational Text: “Space Junk: Earth’s Unofficial Ring” by Jennifer Kaul (1 copy per student); Optional: printable “Classifying Design” graphic organizer (1 copy per student or project using document
camera for students to copy)
Lesson Plan Description
This is a 1-hour, fully scripted Fifth Grade lesson plan using the printable Informational Earth Science text “Space Junk: Earth’s Unofficial Ring,” by Jennifer Kaul. Your students will use close reading comprehension techniques (RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, & RI.5.5), independently analyze a text, participate in partner and group discussions, and practice classifying information from a text. Students will complete a graphic organizer to classify orbital debris, its effects on astronauts, and ways to reduce the amount of debris.
The text used in this lessons addresses the NGSS: ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems Human activities in agriculture, industry, and everyday life have had major effects on the land, vegetation, streams, ocean, air, and even outer space. But individuals and communities are doing things to help protect Earth’s resources and environments.
**The content of this lesson is derived from a portion of the Half Day Lesson Plan: Informational Earth Science: “Space Junk: Earth’s Unofficial Ring.” Purchasing both this 1 hour and the half day plan, will result in duplicate content.