In this lesson, learners will look at the planets in the solar system and features of planets. They will listen to and sing a song, then watch a story about features of different planets. They will practise describing planets using ‘there is/are’, and then work together to invent their own planet. Finally learners can play a game to learn or review vocabulary.

Author: 
Rachael Ro

Aims
To develop and practise:

  • vocabulary: words connected with the solar system
  • structure: there is/are
  • curricular work: the solar system
  • integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing

Age
Older primary (9-11 years)

Time
90 minutes approximately

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1. Comparing the distances among those planets in solar system with the real distances among some objects which they can see, hear and even touch - this point would give them a true feelings about the multiple.
'If the Sun–Neptune distance is scaled to 100 metres, then the Sun would be about 3 cm in diameter (roughly two-thirds the diameter of a golf ball), the giant planets would be all smaller than about 3 mm, and Earth's diameter along with that of the other terrestrial planets would be smaller than a flea (0.3 mm) at this scale' (Referenced from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_System )
I think: if teachers made out this kind of sentences, then integrating it with their body language, and making some similes such as:
My children, if Sun–Neptune distance can be compared with the distance from you family to our piano room, then the diameter of sun itself is only half of my palm, you can see - here ...
and some others as ...

After the information processing, children would get a practical senses of the distances

2. Then, it comes to mass, I think the direct visual senses of what they looked like would give children a imagery impression. Thanks goodness!
I have found this picture for us - commons and our children, in Wikimedia commons -
( Referenced from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Planets_and_sun_size_comparison.jpg )
Meanwhile, I heard that: if we compared sun with a huge Sport stadium, then earth would be compared with a lemon in hand.
In my opinion, this type of descriptions would give children , in their age, the senses of definition and ratio, which are very important for the cultivation of their multiple-intelligence. Natural sciences need it, while, music and painting also need it.

3. Yes, this plan has also given some good points for multiple-intelligence's' exploitation - language-training, such as 'there is, or there are' ; team-working& operational abilities, such as drawing planets together and matching names with their images in pairs

In my opinion, if we join the three points together - keeping the original part, meanwhile, making the new development - growing the scientific seeds for cultivating creative thinking patterns.
This course plan would be all-inclusive and leave a 'can be touched and can be seen' impression in children's minds. This is the new developmental tendency in our education in the globalization.

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