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Metallic Galactic Mobile

Creative writing goes intergalactic with imaginary planet mobiles and fictional adventures in a new galaxy.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. During an investigation into the planets that make up our galaxy, ask students to imagine that they have discovered several new planets in this or another galaxy. What would these planets be like? Could any one of them sustain life as we know it? What attributes of the planet suggest it could sustain life? What else do they imagine about these newly discovered planets?
    2. Organize students into small groups. Invite each team to identiy attributes for each new discovery. Make a list for each or use a Venn diagram to illustrate the similarities and differences between planets. These lists will assist with creating mobile planets.
    3. To create representations of their new discoveries, students gather several round, flat objects with different circumferences, or use a drawing compass to create three different sized circles. For each imaginary planet, groups trace three identical circles on white construction paper with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Cut out circles with Crayola Scissors.
    4. Provide students with Crayola Gel Markers to design unique planetary atmospheres, making the three circles for each planet similar. Design colorful cloud formations and interesting continent configurations. Use Crayola Washable Glitter Glue to add atmospheric effects and reflections from suns. Dry.
    5. For each planet, students fold all three circles in half. Attach a long piece of yarn to the back of the fold on one circle with Crayola School Glue. Glue the back side of halves to each other so that all three circles are glued together in a three-dimensional formation, with the yarn coming out of the top of the planet.
    6. Groups each design a space ship using the same technique. Cut out three symmetrical and identical space ship shapes. Design the ship with metallic crayons, fold, attach string, then glue all three pieces together.
    7. Measure and cut construction paper to fit around a long recycled cardboard tube. Students write the names of theri galaxy in large metallic letters on the paper. Glue to the tube. Tie planets onto tube. Hang mobile from the ceiling with additional yarn.
    8. Provide class time for each group to share the attributes of each of their discoveries and to take questions from their audiences. If time permits, students may write a story with Crayola Colored Pencils about how each planet was discovered.
  • Standards

    LA: Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

    LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on gradel level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace

    MATH: Classify two-dimentional figures into categories based on their properties.

    SCI: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the roles of science and technology in the design process for developing and refining devices to understand the universe.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Milky Way and Other Galaxies by Megan Koop; Galaxies by Seymour Simon; Destination: Space by Seymour Simon; Galaxies by Howard K. Trammel; Galaxies, Galaxies! by Gail Gibbons

    Working in teams of two, students select one of the planets in their "discovered" galaxy to share the atmosphere the planet has, vegetation types present on the surface, length of a day, etc. Is there life as we know it on the planet? Why or why not?

    Students work in teams to compose an original story of a trip to the newly discovered galaxy. How will you travel? How will you, as aliens, be received on the planet? What new things might you discover while visiting the newly discovered planet?


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