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technical implementer: the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
This is a two-week cross-curricular unit for Grades 1-2 on Saturn and its rings. It integrates reading, writing, art, and science to provide a multi-sensory exploration of the structure of Saturn and its place in our Solar System. Children will draw and write to express their knowledge, read picture books about the Solar System, create outdoor scale models of the distance between Earth and Saturn, design a 3D physical model of Saturn and its moons, and more. The resource is almost completely turn-key and includes detailed lesson plans, pedagogical support, assessments, printable lab notebooks, warm-up questions, and background information. Each lesson draws on data from NASA's Cassini mission as its factual basis.

See Related Materials for a similar unit on Saturn for Grades 3-4, also developed by JPL.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
= Curricula
- Solar System
= Saturn
- Space Exploration
= Robotic Exploration
Education Practices
- Technology
= Multimedia
- Elementary School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
= Problem/Problem Set
= Unit of Instruction
- Assessment Material
- Audio/Visual
= Image/Image Set
= Photograph
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Keywords:
JPL, Jet Propulsion Lab, Saturn's moon, Titan, missions, modeling, modeling Saturn, planets, rings of Saturn, solar system, space exploration, space missions
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

1. The Nature of Science

1B. Scientific Inquiry
  • K-2: 1B/P3. Describing things as accurately as possible is important in science because it enables people to compare their observations with those of others.
1C. The Scientific Enterprise
  • K-2: 1C/P1. Everybody can do science and invent things and ideas.
  • K-2: 1C/P2. In doing science, it is often helpful to work with a team and to share findings with others. All team members should reach their own individual conclusions, however, about what the findings mean.

4. The Physical Setting

4A. The Universe
  • 3-5: 4A/E4. The earth is one of several planets that orbit the sun, and the moon orbits around the earth.

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • K-2: 11B/P2. A model of something is different from the real thing but can be used to learn something about the real thing.
11D. Scale
  • K-2: 11D/P1. Things in nature and things people make have very different sizes, weights, ages, and speeds.

12. Habits of Mind

12B. Computation and Estimation
  • K-2: 12B/P1. Use whole numbers in ordering, counting, identifying, measuring, and describing objects and events.
12D. Communication Skills
  • K-2: 12D/P1. Describe and compare real-world objects in terms of number, shape, texture, size, weight, color, and motion.
  • K-2: 12D/P2. Draw pictures that portray some features of the thing being described.
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(National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, 2004), WWW Document, (http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/educationK4Program/educationK4Lit12b/).
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NASA Jet Propulsion Lab: Reading, Writing, and Rings I (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, 2004), <http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/educationK4Program/educationK4Lit12b/>.
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NASA Jet Propulsion Lab: Reading, Writing, and Rings I. (2004). Retrieved September 3, 2014, from National Aeronautics and Space Administration: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/educationK4Program/educationK4Lit12b/
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Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA Jet Propulsion Lab: Reading, Writing, and Rings I. Washington: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004. http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/educationK4Program/educationK4Lit12b/ (accessed 3 September 2014).
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NASA Jet Propulsion Lab: Reading, Writing, and Rings I. Washington: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004. Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 3 Sep. 2014 <http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/educationK4Program/educationK4Lit12b/>.
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A more challenging and text-intensive unit on Saturn by the same authors, appropriate for upper elementary students with solid reading proficiency.

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