Author:
Sierra Frazier, Acse Grant
Subject:
Computer Science, Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Primary
Tags:
  • ACSE Region III
  • Earth
  • Moon
  • Sun
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Text/HTML

    Education Standards

    ACSE Region III: Earth, Sun and Moon Model

    ACSE Region III: Earth, Sun and Moon Model

    Overview

    You have been offered a job with NASA as an astronomy assistant. Your first task is to create a digital model and fact sheet about the Earth, moon and sun for future fourth graders at Sealston Elementary. Your audience is current third grade students, and you will be hired to share at a Universe Fair based upon your successful completion of the task.

    Earth Moon and Sun Model

    Grade:4CS Strand(s):Data and AnalysisCS Standard(s):4.12 The student will use a computer to observe, analyze, and manipulate data in order to draw conclusions and make predictions. 4.13 The student will create an artifact using computing systems to model the attributes and behaviors associated with a concept (e.g., solar system).
    Subject Integration: Science Standards4.6 The student will investigate and understand that there are relationships among Earth, the moon, and the sun. Key relationships include:a) the motions of Earth, the moon, and the sun; b) the causes for Earth’s seasons; c) the causes for the four major phases of the moon and the relationship to the tide cycles; and 10 d) the relative size, position, age and makeup of Earth, the moon, and the sun.
    Designer(s): Lisa Lewis, Paula Wonderling (revision by Sierra Frazier)
    1. What learning targets will be demonstrated on this performance task?
    The Student will Know: The Student will Do:
    Students will have an understanding of the scientific and engineering practices.Students will know the relationships of the earth to other elements in relation to the moon and sun. Students will understand what a model is and what models are used for.Students will know how to construct a model using computing systemsStudents will construct a digital model of the earth, moon and sun in rotation.Students will create a model using a coding software such as Tynker.com.Students will manipulate the model to obtain, analyze and evaluate data.
    Connections between computer science standards and content(s) standard(s) chosen for this task:Students will connect real world observations with the ability to use the computer to draft and note computations for analysis.

    2. (GRASPS)

    GoalYour task/goal is to construct a digital model of the Earth, moon and sun in rotation.
    RoleYou are/Your job is an astronomy assistant. You have been asked to create a digital model for future 4th grade students at (insert your school here.)
    AudienceYour target audience are the current 3rd grade students.
    SituationYour context/situation is astronomer assistant and designer.
    Product/ PerformanceYou will create a digital model to share with fourth graders next year.
    Success CriteriaYou will be judged by the completion of the digital model and the attached facts sheet.
    Student Prompt: You have been offered a job with NASA as an astronomy assistant. Your first task is to create a digital model and fact sheet about the Earth, moon and sun for future fourth graders at (insert your school here). Your audience is current third grade students, and you will be hired to share at a Universe Fair based upon your successful completion of the task.

    What prior content or skill use is necessary for students to be successful on this task.

    Students should be given time to navigate the NASA site to allow for greater understanding and connection to the information needed to complete their task. The students will note specific facts about the earth, moon and sun. Students will also demonstrate how the three objects are related to one another.

    Directions for teachers administering this performance task? (Time, materials, space, technology, etc)

    Students first should be introduced to the earth, moon and sun and the relationship of each component with one another.Suggestion: Use spacescope.com to take students on a virtual field trip of the earth, moon and sun. Discuss the importance of rotation, revolution and axis. Introduce students to Tynker.com. Explain Blockly code (drag and drop pieces to create code). So model and introduce the built-in tutorial. Allow students to work in groups of 1-3 students and work through Tynker’s tutorial to make interactive models. When finished, show students how to share and publish their model.Complete Google Slides to provide the audience with additional facts about each planet. Prepare to share with classmates and 3rd grade students.

    Considerations for differentiating this assessment.

    3D paper models of the Earth and moon’s orbit. 3D paper model templates: Spacescope.com

    Student Handout  (if applicable)  

    Student Handout: Tynker.com Model

    VII.      Modified VDOE Skills Rubric(s)  (Delete unrelated skill rows and paste applicable rows from content skills rubric (i.e., MATH, SCI, SS, ELA)

    Computer Science Skills- draft revision 8/2020

    StrandExceeds Expectations (4)Meets Expectations (3)Developing (2)Emerging (1)  NotObserved
    Computing SystemsMakes accurate and labeled models (drawings, diagrams, or other) to represent the computer system that includes input and output, processors, sensors, and storage and explains the model.Makes accurate and labeled models (drawings, diagrams, or other) to represent the computer systems that include input and output, processors, sensors, and storage.Makes models (drawings, diagrams, or other) to represent the computer system with minor errors.Makes models (drawings, diagrams, or other) with major errors. 
     Identifies complex hardware and software problems and applies strategies for solving problems.Identifies simple hardware and software problems and applies strategies for solving problems.Identifies simple hardware and software problems and determines strategies for solving problems but applies them incorrectlyUnable to identify simple hardware or software problems or determine strategies for solving problems. 
    Data and AnalysisUses the computer to observe, analyze, and manipulate data in order to draw conclusions and make predictions. Identifies patterns in the data, and recognizes unusual or unexpected data.Uses the computer to observe, analyze, and manipulate data in order to draw conclusions and make predictions.Analyzes or interprets information using the computer but makes minor mistakes.Attempts to analyze or interpret information but conclusions and/or predictions are not supported by data. 
    NetworkingAccurately explains the difference between local networks and a worldwide network and cites examples of how these are used within the school or community.Accurately explains the difference between local networks and a worldwide network.Describes networks but does not differentiate between local and worldwide networks.Attempts to define local or worldwide networks. 
    Science SOL 4.1Explains and applies relative and accurate content.Explains or otherwise applies relevant and accurate content.Identifies or otherwise applies relevant content with minor errors or omissions.Identifies or makes connections to irrelevant content OR relevant with major errors or omissions. 
    Science SOL 4.6Explains and applies relative and accurate content.Explains or otherwise applies relevant and accurate content.Identifies or otherwise applies relevant content with minor errors or omissions.Identifies or makes connections to irrelevant content OR relevant with major errors or omissions.