Solar System Lesson Plan: Create a Glog

Submitted by: Angela Watson

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP and other resources to research a topic related to the solar system. Students then work collaboratively to create a glog that conveys key points about their solar system topic.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Research a topic related to the solar system unit of study.
  2. Work collaboratively to create a glog that conveys key points about their solar system topic.

Materials:

  • Internet access for BrainPOP and Glogster

Preparation:

This lesson plan can be utilized at the end of a unit of study on the solar system as either a review or assessment activity. To prepare, create an account for yourself at Glogster and explore how the site works. Plan the timeframe for your students' glog projects and prepare any project guidelines or rubrics you wish to distribute.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Tell students they will be demonstrating their understanding of the solar system by creating a glog. Show students the site and sample projects that are displayed there.
  2. Share your project guidelines, rubric, deadlines, etc. with the class.
  3. Allow students to get into groups and select one of the BrainPOP topics in the Space unit. Students should watch the movie on their computers (or via the BrainPOP app on their mobile devices) to review the information they learned and identify the key points.
  4. Guide students in using other internet resources as needed as they create their glogs. Be sure to talk about attribution and copyright issues so that students understand how to use images and videos appropriately.
  5. Encourage students to self-assess their groups' glog according to criteria determined by you or the class.
  6. Have students save and upload their glogs to your class website or blog. Invite students to view one another's glogs and comment on them.

Extension Activity:

Students can also demonstrate their knowledge about space through the Build a Solar System Game in BrainPOP's GameUp. This game can be played collaboratively or independently. Check out the corresponding lesson plan for more ideas on how to utilize the game.