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Astronomy Poetry: Combining Poetry With the Content Areas

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Approximately three weeks, depending on the unit of study
Lesson Author

Che-Mai Gray

Marysville, Washington


International Literacy Association


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Grades   7 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Engineering the Perfect Poem by Using the Vocabulary of STEM

Students research engineering careers and create poetry to understand the vocabulary of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).


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Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.


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Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 7

The first picture of Earth was taken by the U.S. satellite Explorer VI in 1959.

After students view the first picture from the Explorer VI Satellite, they discuss the differences between this first image and the images of the earth that we typically see today.


Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 26

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, was born in 1951.

After exploring information about Sally Ride on the StarKids Who's Who site, students write a letter using the Letter Generator to Dr. Ride's foundation, Sally Ride Science.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 20

In 1969, the first human walked on the moon.

As a class, students discuss Neil Armstrong's famous quote when he landed on the moon and explore the difference that one word can make, as well as the gendered language that Armstrong uses.


Grades   4 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 11

Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon was born today.

Students research a constellation and share their learning using an interactive or mobile app.


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