“Create Your Own Planet” Assignment

For about a week and a half I have been working with my Quinto Secretariado (Fifth Secretarial) students on a project called: “Create Your Own Planet”. When I first read a little bit about this idea in the end section of our text book’s chapter I was kind of excited. For their idea, the text has students simply write an essay about a planet of their own creation. I thought, well that sounds nice, but wouldn’t it be cool to include a poster or something a little more creative. Well the opportunity came when I mentioned in class that I really enjoyed the students’ artwork that was displayed on the wall. One of my students said, Mr. Loren we like your class because we do activities and projects…well, how could I miss a easy pitch like that. I immediately said, well I’ve been thinking about a project that we might do at the end of the chapter, but how would you like to do it now? I then described my idea and got many enthusiastic, Yes! Yes! Let’s do it! 😀

Below I’ve listed my lesson plan/assignment instructions and pictures of the results. Enjoy!

“Create Your Own Planet”
Instructions and Guide
Description:
This assignment consists of two main parts: first, an essay report on your planet; second, a poster displaying an image and basic information about your planet. Both the essay and the poster are worth 20 points. This assignment is due Tuesday, August 30, 2011.
Essay Instructions:
Your essay must meet the following requirements:
1. It must be one or two paragraphs long. Each paragraph must have at least three or four sentences.
2. Your essay must answer each of these questions:
a. What is the name of your planet? (Consider: describe how you developed the name or what the name means.)
b. Where is your planet located? (Consider: how far away from Earth is this planet? Is it in our solar system? Is it in a different solar system?
c. How was your planet discovered? (Consider: what is the name of the discoverer and how did he or she discover the planet – satellites, telescopes, or a manned spacecraft?)
d. What are your planet’s physical characteristics? (Consider: are the landforms similar to Earth? Are they different? Is there air to breath or another substance? Is there water?)
e. Does your planet support life?
i. If yes, describe the life forms. (Consider: are they similar to humans or completely different?)
ii. If no, describe why your planet does not support life.
Poster Instructions:
Your poster must meet the following requirements:
1. It must have a picture or a drawing of your planet. (This may be a hand drawn picture or something you create on your computer.)
2. Your poster must have each of the following:
a. The name of your planet.
b. The location of your planet.
c. The basic physical characteristics of your planet.
d. The name and a brief description (or picture) of the life forms that live on your planet.
Both your essay and your poster must also have the following:
1. Your full name
2. Your class
3. The due date of this assignment

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3 responses

  1. Louise Sonderfan

    Loren, I would enjoy being in your class – great ideas and great results. Continued blessings and love – Grandma

    September 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    • Thanks Grandma! I had a lot of fun creating that lesson and grading it. My students did a great job.

      September 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

  2. I liked all of the planets. Maybe I will work on my own!

    September 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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