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Informational Earth Science: “Space Junk: Earth’s Unofficial Ring”

5th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
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Lesson Plan Description

This is a fully scripted Fifth Grade half day of lesson plans that is broken down into 3 separate instructional segments (30-60 minutes each). These lesson segments address several ELA standards (RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.5, RI.5.6, & RI.5.8) using the printable Informational Earth Science text, “Space Junk: Earth’s Unofficial Ring,” by Jennifer Kaul. Your students will use close reading comprehension techniques, independently analyze a text, participate in partner and group discussions, classify information from a text, and finally create a new layout for an informational text with a focus on text features.

  • Segment 1: Students will take literal interpretation of informational text to evaluation and synthesizing.
  • Segment 2: Students will complete a graphic organizer to classify orbital debris, its effects on astronauts, and ways to reduce the amount of debris.
  • Segment 3: Students will create a new layout for the informational text that incorporates select text features.

The text used in these 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.

**These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.