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Blast Off! Vocabulary Instruction Using a Virtual Moon Trip

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Blast Off! Vocabulary Instruction Using a Virtual Moon Trip

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Eight 30- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

Denton, Texas

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Tampa, Florida

Denise Haunstetter

Tampa, Florida

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty (Scholastic Press, 2005)

  • Moon poster or bulletin board

  • Variously colored sticky notes

  • Computers with Internet access

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Alphabet Organizer

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.

 

Crossword Puzzles

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 

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MOBILE APPS

Alphabet Organizer

Grades   K – 5  |  Mobile App  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Alphabet Organizer

The Alphabet Organizer lets users create a calendar-style ABC chart or letter pages for an alphabet book.

 

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PRINTOUTS

 

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

1. Choose a topic for the lesson. This lesson is focused on the moon and its phases, but the vocabulary field trip concept will work with any social studies or science topic.

2. Obtain and familiarize yourself with If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty.

3. Gather a collection of additional resources about the moon. These can include the Phases of the Moon and Zoom Astronomy: All About Space websites and books from the Moon Booklist. Read through each book or website and make a list of vocabulary words that you would like to address during each discussion. The type of words you might choose include: moon, phase, solar system, planet, eclipse, man-on-the-moon, telescope, astronaut, craters, comet, orbit, collision, gravity, crescent, full, waxing, waning, and astronaut. Students will also be making their own vocabulary selections.

4. Make a moon visual on poster board, chart paper, or a bulletin board to stimulate discussion. Use images from the books you have collected or from the Internet; Great Images in NASA, Regional Planetary Image Facility, and NOVA Online: Explore the Moon are good resources for finding images. Cover the poster or bulletin board with butcher paper for Session 1.

5. Teach students the thumbs-up procedure. When they hear a word related to the topic you are studying, they should put their thumbs up into the air.

6. Make copies of the First Write handout and My Picture Dictionary for each student. To assemble the dictionary, make two-sided copies of the pages (page 1 and 1a should be front to back, page 2 and 2a should be front to back, and so on). Then fold and staple them.

7. If you do not have classroom computers available, reserve Sessions 6 through 8 in your school's computer lab.

8. Bookmark the online Alphabet Organizer or download the Alphabet Organizer mobile app to the tablet devices, and familiarize yourself with the tool. It has three options: The first lets students create an alphabet chart with one word per letter, the second allows them to type in more than one word per letter, and the third provides space to write notes or sentences about the words. Choose the option most appropriate for your students. Add this tool to the Favorites on the computers your students will be using

9. Familiarize yourself with the online Crossword Puzzles tool. It has two options: Play Mode and Create Mode. Students can complete a crossword specific to this lesson (to find it in the tool, select the Play One of Ours tab, click the K-2 button, and then choose The Moon from the drop-down menu) and create their own crossword using content-specific words from the lesson. You can find out more about the Crossword Puzzles tool by reading Playing Puzzles: A Guide for Teachers and Creating Puzzles: A Guide for Teachers.

10. Make a copy of the Crossword Planning Sheet for each student in your class; if you will be using hard copies to complete The Moon puzzle, make copies of it as well.

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