Science/Strand V/Content Standard 4/Elementary/Benchmark 2
Instructional Example

Benchmark Question: Describe the motion of the Earth around the Sun and the motion of the Moon around the Earth.

Focus Question: How does the Moon move around the Earth?

The teacher will pose the focus question.

Students, working in small groups, will design a model of how the Moon moves around the Earth.

Students will collect the materials they need and will create their models. Groups will have some time to practice how they will present their models. Teachers should avoid “correcting” misconceptions at this point.

Each group will present their model. After presentations, the class will discuss similarities and differences among the models. The teacher may guide discussion to correct student misconceptions through inquiry. Groups then will be allowed to alter their presentations and to make corrections. The groups then will present their models again.

Constructing: (SCI.I.1.E.1), (SCI.I.1.E.2), (SCI.I.1.E.3), (SCI.I.1.E.5).

Reflecting: (SCI.II.1.E.1), (SCI.II.1E.2), (SCI.II.1.E.4).

 

Science/Strand V/Content Standard 4/Elementary/Benchmark 2
Assessment Example

Students will draw and label a diagram of the path of the Moon as it moves around the Earth. Students must include a title for the diagram.

(Give students rubric before activity.)

Scoring Rubric

Criteria

Apprentice

Basic

Meets

Exceeds

Correctness of moon’s orbit

Draws moon’s orbit incorrectly.

Draws moon’s orbit correctly.

Draws moon’s orbit correctly.

Draws moon’s orbit correctly, and includes Earth’s orbit around Sun.

Completeness of labels

None/Few labels or title for diagram.

Some labels and title for diagram.

Many labels and title for diagram.

All labels and title for diagram.