1. Students will create a graphic table that lists all of the 27 Moons of Uranus along with the year they were discovered and their discoverer.
2. Students will use free online resources to create a timeline of discovery of the moons of Uranus.
3. Students will create a PowerPoint Presentation that has one page for each of the moons of Uranus. Each page will contain the following information: the year it was discovered, the discoverer, the diameter of the moon and the mass of the moon.
1. The teacher will tell the students that they are going to organize and present information in several different ways using several different platforms. These will include a poster, a timeline using online resources, and a PowerPoint presentation.
2. The class will be split into three groups. Each group will create their project using one of the presentation formats. Depending on the amount of students, each group may be split into subgroups that each complete the project using the same format.
3. The first group will create a graphic chart on poster board. The following information will be included on their chart: the names of the 27 moon of Uranus, the year they were discovered and the person or technology that discovered them. This information can be found on the following website. http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Science/moons-of-uranus.php
4. The second group will use a free online timeline creator to create a timeline of the discovery of the moons of Uranus. An effective one can be found at the following site http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/timeline. There are others online and any one can be used. It might be a good idea for the students to try several of them to determine which best suits their purpose. The timeline must contain the year the moon was discovered and the discoverer. The students can search “free timeline creator” on their favorite search engine in order to find other examples.
5. The third group will create a PowerPoint Presentation that has one page for each of the moons of Uranus. Each page will contain the following information: The year it was discovered, the discoverer, the diameter of the moon and the mass of the moon.
6. When each group (and sub group) completes its project, students will present their work to the class. The students will then write a reflection in their journal explaining which graphic platform they thought was the most effective and why.
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Solar System Exploration: Uranus
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This lesson was developed by Robert McClelland, Cleveland Municipal School District.