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posted Dec 6, 2013, 9:12 AM by Adrienne DeWolfe   [ updated Dec 6, 2013, 9:21 AM ]

Crab Nebula Photo from Hubble

Photo of Crab Nebula from Hubble

Mentor text from Wonderopolis 

(start at :45)

BrainPop Jr., Earth



Constellations - Science pages 236-245. Why do stars appear to move across the night sky? Why do we not see stars during the day? (BrainPop, Constellations)
Moon - Science pages 198-209. What happens to the moon? How does the shape of the moon appear to change during one week? (BrainPop Jr., The Moon)
Telescopes - Science pages 228-235. When you look up at the Moon in the night sky, what else can you see? How do we learn about these distant objects in space? (BrainPop, Telescopes)
Planets - Science pages 218-227. What are the planets? How do they move through space? (BrainPop Jr., Solar System)
Seasons - Science pages 188-197. Some places on Earth have longer and warmer days at certain times of the year. Some places stay the same. How come? What happens when seasons change? (BrainPop Jr., Seasons)

Teacher Resources


Read together: Mentor text from Wonderopolis (start at :45)


Watch: BrainPop Jr., Earth, and practice taking notes.



  1. Pick at least two sources to take notes on your questions above. Write down the source of your notes:
      1. BrainPop Jr. or BrainPop (srvusd_app  ed1stop) 
      2. Your textbook (see pages above)
      3. Ed1stop article or video (use this student login: jwilliams04_stu    password: abc123)
      4. Classroom books 
  2. Organize your notes with bullets and boxes  
  3. Reread your notes and organize or ask more questions. Add: "I notice...I see...This reminds me of...I wonder why...Could it be that...I used to think...but now I know...This makes me realize..."
  4. Think about making a diagram or sketch to explain something.  


    1. Write down your main topics on the top of your planning page
    2. Write down some questions that you want your reader to learn from you.  
    3. Write out one or more paragraphs about your topics.
    4. Read your paragraph(s) out loud to yourself and correct them. Read your paragraphs to a partner and see if they make sense. Check and rewrite.
    5. Edit using your Information Writing Checklist
    6. If time, make a diagram, drawing or chart to help your reader to learn. Maybe use Popplet Lite or Popplet.

    Final Draft: 

    1. Write your final draft on notes in the iPad or print nicely on paper.  
    2. Copy and paste your text into Pic Collage or take a photo of it.
    3. Make a second small text box listing your sources.
    4. Add photos from your teacher, your research or from Flickr Search and Stamp.
    5. Be sure to only use your first name on your page and add the page number your teacher gave you. Add your Popplet Lite diagram if you made one. 
    6. The top will get cut off a bit. Save to photos.
    7. Bump your photos of your report to your teacher.


    1. Download the class book to your iPad and open in iBooks.
    2. Read each section and then answer the google survey from the expert group.