Earth and Space Science Project

Engage your students with this stellar digital science project about the earth and space.

7 - 12 yrs Science 5 - 6 wks

Summary

Help students to explore space, building a comprehensive knowledge of the solar system and Earth in space. This Biteslide unit of work will support students to learn about the solar system, presenting the results of their research and practical experiments in an exciting and interactive way.

Starter activity

In pairs or small groups, give the students the opportunity to explore the Planet 10, PlanetsoftheSolarSystem.net or the Solar Walk app. Ask them to make notes about:

  • The questions they’d like to ask
  • Anything that surprises them

The children can then produce a diagram of the solar system to add to their Biteslide project book.

Main activities

  1. In pairs, give the students one planet from the solar system to research. They can use books, or online sources such as the BBC or Kids Astronomy to collect key information about their chosen planet, and then present as part of their project books. The students can view each other’s pages, checking the facts are right and offering feedback to their classmates.
  2. After whole-class teaching, students use BBC Science Clips to learn about the movement of the Earth around the sun and the moon around the Earth. Students work in groups to create slides for their project book answering the following questions:

    • How long does it take the Earth to orbit once around the sun?
    • How long does it take the moon to orbit once around the Earth?
    • How long does it take the Earth to rotate once on its axis?

    They should be encouraged to use text, pictures and film clips.
  3. As a whole class, watch the BBC Day and Night film to learn about how the rotation of the Earth causes day and night. Students work in groups to complete further research and produce slides for their project book answering the following questions:

    • How does the rotation of the Earth on its axis cause day and night?
    • Why are days longer in the summer and shorter in the winter?
    • What is special about the length of days and nights at the Earth’s poles?

They should be encouraged to use text, pictures and film clips on their slides.

Assessment criteria

  1. Well researched
  2. Factually accurate
  3. Easy to understand
  4. Attractively designed

Sharing projects

Once the projects are completed, the students can be given time to look at and feedback on each other’s project books. They might leave comments for one another, highlighting areas they thought were particularly strong, and areas which could benefit from further improvement.

Extending your project

  1. The class could produce some creative writing set in space.
  2. The students could use chalks or pastels to produce artwork depicting the solar system.
  3. Students could carry out a practical science experiment to investigate how the length of shadows changes throughout the day.

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US Core Standards
  • Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
  • Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
English National Curriculum

21st Century Skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Digital citizenship