Earth and Space Science Project
Engage your students with this stellar digital science project about the earth and space.
- 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.
- 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.
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?
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?
- Well researched
- Factually accurate
- Easy to understand
- Attractively designed
Extending your project
- The class could produce some creative writing set in space.
- The students could use chalks or pastels to produce artwork depicting the solar system.
- Students could carry out a practical science experiment to investigate how the length of shadows changes throughout the day.
What is Biteslide?
It's the engaging presentation tool for school. Research, create, and present school projects online.
- 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.
21st Century Skills
- Critical thinking
- Digital citizenship